Come join LEO on an extraordinary journey!
Season: 1. June 2020
Our award-winning touring production LEO returns to the CHAMÄLEON Theater on Pentecost. The witty one-man-show enchants audiences around the globe and has gained cult-status in Berlin. Don’t miss out!
What would happen if the laws of gravity were to suddenly change?
LEO is a mind-bending, funny, surreal, and surprisingly touching work about a seemingly ordinary man whose world literally gets turned upside down. It challenges the senses and tests perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and video projection and leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down.
The multi-award-winning show was based on an original idea by Berlin performer Tobias Wegner and was directed by Montréal actor and director Daniel Brière.
After a first preview phase in Juli 2011 at the CHAMÄLEON, LEO debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2011. Since then, LEO has won eight major awards including the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the Three Weeks Editors Award, the Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and more recently, won the John Chataway Award for Innovation at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival. LEO has been presented at Sydney Opera House, New York Broadway and London International Mime Festival, amongst others.
Imaginative, surprising and very moving: don’t miss this opportunity to join LEO on his extraordinary journey!Directed by: Daniel Brière
Original Performer/ Idea: Tobias Wegner
Creative Producer: Gregg Parks
Lighting and Set Design: Flavia Hevia
Video Design: Heiko Kalmbach
Animation realized by: Ingo Panke
Tobias Wegner Performer & Idea
From his early days on Tobias already had strong feelings for circus clowns and the fine comedy of the silent movie era. In order to make this passion a profession, he went to study in Brussels at the renowned University for Contemporary Circus Arts – École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque – and graduated in 2003 as a specialist for partner and trampoline acrobatics. Ever since, he has been working in various projects interweaving the genres of dance, theatre, circus and even opera. In 2010 he started co-creating LEO and launched the show at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it walked off with three major theatre awards. The accolade of the “Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh” award took LEO to New York’s Off- Broadway “Theatre Row” for a month-long run. Along with the worldwide success of LEO Tobias has been invited to major theatres and festivals in cities such as Vancouver, Montréal, St. Louis, Miami, Madrid, London, Paris, Avignon, Berlin, Teheran, Harare, Moscow, Okinawa, Taipeh, Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland.
In the Press
Three Weeks / UK
„Clever, playful, and extremly funny“
Berliner Morgenpost / Germany
“Brilliant, charming, clever... one man’s quest for freedom takes Leo and the audience on a fantastical, memorable journey together“
Associated Press / USA
“It’s an eye-teasing, grin-inducing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic.”
Time New York / USA
“There’s a playfulness to the delivery and a warmth to the narrative that makes it a fantastic festival outing for families. A small festival gem”
The Guardian / UK
“LEO is a superb physical one-man show that is highly likely to have you on your feet by the end, giving a standing ovation. The show is mind-bending, illusionistic and spellbinding.”
The Edinburgh Reporter / UK
“Dazzling artistry. Funny and exceptionally, creatively entertaining. LEO is a combination of acrobatic wonder and acting.”
New York Theater Examiner / USA