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A mime artist is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving the acting out of a story by a mime artist through body motions, without use of speech. In earlier times, in English, such a performer was referred to as a mummer. Miming is to be distinguished from silent comedy, in which the artist is a seamless character in a film or sketch. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For mime as an art form, see mime artist. ... Mime may refer to: Look up mime in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (533 × 799 pixel, file size: 178 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (533 × 799 pixel, file size: 178 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... This article is about Performance art. ... Look up speech, speaking, utter, gab in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... Silent comedy refers to a style of acting, related to but distinct from mime, invented to bring comedy into the medium of film in the silent film era (1900s–1920s) before a (synchronized) sound track on film was technologically practicable. ...

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History

The performance of pantomime originates at its earliest in ancient Greece; the name is taken from a single masked dancer called Pantomimus, although performances were not necessarily silent. In Medieval Europe, early forms of mime such as mummer plays and later dumbshows evolved. In early nineteenth century Paris, Jean-Gaspard Deburau solidified the many attributes that we have come to know in modern times — the silent figure in whiteface. The term ancient Greece refers to the periods of Greek history in Classical Antiquity, lasting ca. ... Mummers Plays (also known as mumming) are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers or guisers (or by local names such as rhymers, pace-eggers, soulers, tipteerers, galoshins and so on), originally in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (see wrenboys), but later in other parts of... Dumbshow, also dumb show or dumb-show, is a traditional term for pantomime in drama, actions presented by actors onstage without spoken dialogue. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Jean-Gaspard Deburau (born Jan KaÅ¡par Dvořák on July 31, 1796 - June 17, 1846) was a Bohemian-French actor and mime. ...


Marcel Marceau was perhaps the most well-known modern mime. Marcel Marceau (born Marcel Mangel) (March 22, 1923 – September 22, 2007) was a well-known mime artist, among the most popular representatives of this art form world-wide. ...


In film

Prior to the work of Etienne Decroux there was no major treatise on the art of mime, and so any recreation of mime as performed prior to the twentieth century is largely conjecture, based on interpretation of diverse sources. However, the twentieth century also brought a new medium into widespread usage: the motion picture. Étienne Decroux (July 19, 1898 in Paris, France - March 12, 1991 in Billancourt, Somme, Picardie) was a French actor noted for his pantomime. ... Popular press redirects here; note that the University of Wisconsin Press publishes under the imprint The Popular Press. Mass media is a term used to denote a section of the media specifically envisioned and designed to reach a very large audience such as the population of a nation state. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of...


The restrictions of early motion picture technology meant that stories had to be told with minimal dialogue which was largely restricted to intertitles. This often demanded a highly stylized form of physical acting largely derived from the stage. Thus, mime played an important role in films prior to advent of talkies (films with sound or speech). The mimetic style of film acting was used to great effect in German Expressionism film. In motion pictures, an intertitle is a piece of filmed, printed text edited into the midst of (i. ... A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ... F.W. Murnaus Nosferatu German Expressionism, also referred to as expressionism in filmmaking, developed in Germany (especially Berlin) during the 1920s. ...


Silent film comedians like Charles Chaplin, Jimmy Bohr, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton learned the craft of mime in the theatre but through film had a profound influence on mimes who work in live theatre even decades after their death. Indeed, Chaplin may be the best documented mime in history. A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... For the Jamaican musician named Charlie Chaplin, see Charlie Chaplin (singer). ... Harold Clayton Lloyd (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American film actor and director, most famous for his silent comedies. ... Joseph Francis Kieran Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an Academy Award-winning American silent film comic actor and filmmaker. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ...


The famous French comedian, writer and director Jacques Tati achieved his initial popularity working as a mime, and indeed his later films had only minimal dialogue, relying instead on many subtle expertly choreographed visual gags. Tati, like Chaplin before him, would mime out the movements of every single character in his films and ask his actors to repeat them. Jacques Tati as Monsieur Hulot. ...


In non-Western theatre traditions

While most of this article has treated mime as a constellation of related and historically linked Western theatre genres and performance techniques, analogous performances are evident in the theatrical traditions of other civilizations. Occident redirects here. ...


Classical Indian musical theatre, although often erroneously labeled a "dance," is a group of theatrical forms in which the performer presents a narrative via stylized gesture, an array of hand positions, and mime illusions to play different characters, actions, and landscapes. Recitation, music, and even percussive footwork sometimes accompany the performance. The Natya Shastra, an ancient treatise on theatre by Bharata Muni, mentions silent performance, or mukhabinaya. Mohiniaattam Classical Indian musical theatre is a sacred art of the Hindu temple culture. ... The Natya Shastra of Bharata( Nātyaśāstra ) (titled as Natyashastra) is the principal work of dramatic theory in the Sanskrit drama of classical India. ... Bharata Muni was an ancient Indian writer whose life has been dated differently from the 5th century BCE to the 2nd century Ad. ...


Notable mime artists or movement theatre artists

A Mime artist on the Ponte Sant'Angelo
A Mime artist on the Ponte Sant'Angelo

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (666x1026, 203 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (666x1026, 203 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ponte SantAngelo. ... Alejandro Jodorowsky (IPA: ) (born February 17, 1929, in Tocopilla, Chile) is an amateur scholar in comparative religion, playwright, director, producer, composer, actor, mime, comic book writer, tarot card reader and historian, and psychotherapist. ... Achille Zavatta ( May 6, 1915 - November 16, 1993) was a French clown, artist and circus operator. ... Adrian Pecknold (1920-2000), was a Canadian mime, director, and author of the book Mime: The Step Beyond Words. ... Bill Bowers is an American mime artist and actor based in New York City. ... Bill Irwin (born April 11, 1950, Santa Monica, California as William Irwin) is an American actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. ... For the novel by Kin Platt, see The Blue Man. ... Joseph Francis Kieran Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an Academy Award-winning American silent film comic actor and filmmaker. ... Carlos Martínez is a Spanish mime actor. ... For the Jamaican musician named Charlie Chaplin, see Charlie Chaplin (singer). ... Daniel Stein, Mime Daniel Stein (b. ... Dario Fo (born March 24, 1926) is an Italian satirist, playwright, theater director, actor, and composer. ... Ennio Marchetto is a world renowned and awarded comedian who created his own theatrical language mixing mime, dance, music and quick change costumes made out of card-board and paper. ... Étienne Decroux (July 19, 1898 in Paris, France - March 12, 1991 in Billancourt, Somme, Picardie) was a French actor noted for his pantomime. ... Gene Sheldon (1908-1982) was an American comic actor specializing in pantomime as his career and broadcasted on Toledos radio in 1925. ... Noted musicians who play the banjo include: Danny Barker Perry Bechtel Dock Boggs Eugene Chadbourne Roy Clark Eddie Condon Billy Connolly J. D. Crowe Lonnie Donegan Jimmy Driftwood Jem Finer Béla Fleck Papa French Tony Furtado Håkon Gebhart Creole George Guesnon John Hartford Burl Ives Papa Charlie Jackson... George L. Fox (1825-77) was an American comedian, born in Boston. ... This article is about Harpo Marx, brother of Groucho et al. ... See Marx brothers (fencing) for the 16th century German brotherhood. ... Henryk Tomaszewski (1919-2001) was a mime artist and theatre director, born in PoznaÅ„, Poland. ... Jacques Lecoq (December 15, 1921 - January 19, 1999) was a French actor, mime and acting instructor. ... Jacques Tati as Monsieur Hulot. ... Janet Carafa is a mime artist based in New York City who also runs New York Entertainment Connection, an event entertainment and production company. ... Jean-Gaspard Deburau, born as Jan Kaspar Dvorak 31 July 1796, in Kolín, Bohemia (Czech Republic now), died 17 June 1846, Paris, France, was the French actor and mime who adapted the conventions of Italian commedia dellarte to Parisian tastes. ... Jean-Louis Barrault (September 8, 1910 – January 22, 1994 in Le Vésinet) was a French actor, director and mime artist, training that served him well when he portrayed the 19th-century mime Jean-Gaspard Deburau (Baptiste Debureau) in Marcel Carnés 1945 film Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of... Jean-Jacques Menais (alias Jyjou*) is a French mime. ... Kate Bush (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. ... Famous mime, born on the 22 August 1931 in Prague, died on the 22 February 1991 also in Prague A Brief Panorama of Czech Theatre: [1] LATERNA MAGIKA Famous theatre & company / part of the Czech National Theatre in Prague [[2]] ... Lon Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930), nicknamed The Man of a Thousand Faces, was an American actor during the age of silent films. ... Marcel Marceau (born Marcel Mangel) (March 22, 1923 – September 22, 2007) was a well-known mime artist, among the most popular representatives of this art form world-wide. ... Mummenschanz is a unique Swiss pantomime troupe who perform a surreal mask and prop oriented style. ... Oleg Popov in Moscow in 1960 Oleg Konstantinovich Popov (Russian: ) is an extremely famous Russian clown and circus artist. ... (* 1971 ), is actor and pantomime. ... Pan Tau is a character created for a childrens television series. ... Samuel Avital is a mime artist, performer, teacher, mentor, creative consultant, coach, and author. ... Samy Molcho: Samy Molcho, born in 1936 in Tel Aviv, is one of the most famous mimes of the 20th century and also an expert in body-language communication. ... At the age of 18, Robert Shields (b. ... Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and director, famous as part of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, whose career stretched from the silent films of the early 20th Century until post-World War II. // Stan Laurel... Stefan NiedziaÅ‚kowski (born March 12, 1945; Warsaw, Poland) mime artist, author, director, teacher and choreographer. ... Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller February 14, 1948) is an American illusionist, comedian and writer best known as the silent half of the comedy magic duo known as Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette. ... Penn (left) & Teller Penn and Teller are a two-man magic and comedy team, comprised of Penn Jillette and Teller. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Robotic mime & music duo Tik and Tok (Tim Dry and Sean Crawford) began performing together with SHOCK: a rock/mime/burlesque/music troupe in the early 1980s with Barbie Wilde, Robert Pereno, LA Richards and Carole Caplin. ... Tony Montanaro (1927-2002) was one of the great mime artists of the 20th Century. ... Wolfe Bowart is a modern day comedian whose work is reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. ...

See also

One subgroup of physical theater is corporeal mime. ... Dumbshow, also dumb show or dumb-show, is a traditional term for pantomime in drama, actions presented by actors onstage without spoken dialogue. ... Floating, gliding or sliding refers to a group of footwork-oriented dance techniques and styles closely related to popping, which attempt to create the illusion that the dancers body is floating smoothly across the floor or that the legs are walking while the body travels in unexpected directions. ... Liquid dancing (or Liquid) is an illusion based form of gestural, interpretive dance that sometimes involves aspects of pantomime. ... Mummers Plays (also known as mumming) are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers or guisers (or by local names such as rhymers, pace-eggers, soulers, tipteerers, galoshins and so on), originally in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (see wrenboys), but later in other parts of... Popping (a. ... Physical theatre is a general term used to describe any mode of performance that pursues storytelling through primarily physical means. ...

Educational

  • Naropa University Master of Arts Lecoq Actor Based Theater

External links

  • The world of mime theatre International mime theatre information, including a library, resources, performer contacts, and events calendar
  • International mime and physical theatre centre, researches, creation, training.

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Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Mime artist (927 words)
or mime [Grall in mimic], silent form of the drama in which the story is developed by movement, gesture, facial expression, and stage properties.
Marcel Marceau speaks (Yes!).(Dance Matters)(retirement of French mime and head of troupe Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau)
Marcel MARCEAU, French mime artist who created the figure of "Bip" a tragic white clown, in his dressing room.
Mime artist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1784 words)
Miming is to be distinguished from silent comedy, in which the artist is a seamless character in a film or sketch.
Mime supposedly began in the Theater of Dionysus in Athens, perhaps as far back as the third century B.C.E. These mimes were not entirely silent, as we think of mimes today, but the spoken element was minimized.
However, when mimes are portrayed in film, it is just as common for filmmakers to have actors with little mime training to perform a stereotype of a mime as it is for a skilled artist to either perform or choreograph the performance on screen.
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