TUGA THE MIME
Since 2000, Rodolfo Meneses, Chilean mime and clown, occupies the street as his investigative field where , with a universal language charged with emotion and accessible for everybody, he transforms everyday places into unique scenes, modifying the way that humans interact.
In Buenos Aires, Rodolfo studied in the mime school under the tutelage of Roberto Escobar and Igon Lerchundi with the objective to bring energy and expressiveness to the body and body language.
“WITHOUT THE USE OF WORDS HE GATHERS MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE IN EACH PERFORMANCE”
As a result from his investigations and his mime education, in 2005 Tuga was born, a free being character that without words gathers more than 300 people in each performance around his irreverent and joyful world, breathing craziness into the metropolis and reinventing the urban space.
Since 2008, Tuga has experimented in the European streets and with European audiences, travelling through Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland and France, receiving an excellent reception after each performance.
“AN EMBLEMATIC AND CHERISHED CHARACTER IN VALPARAISO”
In 2011, Tuga won the People´s Choice Award in the Mim'off de Périgueux Festival in France, the longest standing festival dedicated to pantomime and physical theatre. And in 2015, he was given a prize in the Mueca Festival in Tenerife, the Canary Islands. This was awarded to him by professionals from the Euro-Latin American Network of Stage Arts (REDELAE).
Converting himself in an emblematic and cherished character in Valparaiso, Chile, his work has facilitated the recognition of street artists by the local authorities, in part due to the International Street Performance Festival “Street Invasion” which he created and directs. After 4 consecutive years organizing the festival, his energy is now focused on the Street Invasion Cultural Centre that promotes Street Arts in Chile.