In no time he has the hall in the palm of his hand through a series of simple pantomime acts to music. He imitates the movement of the saxophonists, floats underneath an invisible balloon over the stage or wanders into the audience and picks a birthday girl our of the audience. The girl is wearing a princess dress and is missing two front teeth, so that she also looked like a clown girl.
The saxophonists, one in white tails, another in white satin knickerbockers, remind me of Pierrot and match the picture perfectly. They move as a group over the stage and seem to be talking with their musical instruments. Sometimes a saxophone sounds surprised then mournful or cheerful. The music and the act meld together beautifully. Johan van der Linden on soprano saxophone, Niels Bijl on alto saxophone, Arno Bornkamp on tenor saxophone and Willem van Merwijk on baritone saxophone playing modern and classical compositions, that vary from John Cage to Shostakovich to Bach.
The atmosphere of this theatrical concert suggests classic Italian films such as â€˜I Clownsâ€™ and â€˜La Stradaâ€™ by Fellini and the music of Nina Rota. â€˜Circus of Nothingâ€™ resembles the Commedia dellâ€™Arte of street artists of bygone days. It reality it is simply a â€˜Circus of Everythingâ€™.