Pantomime The word "pantomime" originates from the Greek words pan and mimos, "all imitating". Performances of pantomime in Ancient Greece were a popular form of entertainment that typified comedies and tragedies. In Roman civilization, pantomime was performed as part of regular theater. Pantomime in the Renaissance In 15th century Italy, as ballet grew in popularity, pantomime

added dimension to characters like the villains in Swan Lake or Nutcracker Suite. Also, scripts written by ancient poets were readapted as stories portrayed by mimes. From the 16th through the 18th centuries, pantomime spread throughout France and England as entertainment during intermissions of operatic performances.

Silent Film Stars Charles Chaplin, in the early part of the 19th century created characters like "The Tramp" in silent films. Silent films relied heavily on the ability of the actor to project facial expressions and exaggerated gestures that communicated ideas and themes in each film. Other famous silent films stars are Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and Harry Langdon.

Marcel Marceau 1923-2007 Marceau was born in Strasburg, France. He imitated silent screen artists. Marceau's most famous pantomimes include, "The Mask Maker", "Walking Against The Wind" and a summation of aging man. Marceau is considered the icon of pantomime in the world of entertainment. Pantomime Today

Today pantomime, is often seen as a mix of movement and visual art, using props, masks, body movement, and light and shadow to create unusual shapes on stage that dazzle the imagination. Mime has come a long way from the ancient Greek comedy and tragedy pantomimes and remains an important form of expression and movement in the theatrical world. Today, pantomime is taught as part of dance and drama training. The Blue Man Group

The Blue Man Group is centered on a trio of mute performers, called Blue Men, who present themselves in blue grease paint and wear latex bald caps and black clothing. Blue Man Group's theatrical acts incorporate rock music (with an emphasis on percussion), odd props, audience participation, sophisticated lighting, and large amounts of paper. Cirque du Soleil From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in

1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based performance organization. The company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries. Cirque du Soleils mission is to invoke the imagination, senses and emotions of people around the world. Pantomime Acting without Words Movement used can be expressive facial

expressions or gestures to: Tell something significant about a character Tell a story Portray an activity without using real objects PANTOMIME/MIME A mime artist (from Greek "" mimos, "imitator, actor") is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story 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. , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus Digital Library PANTOMIME/MIME Mime is one of the oldest forms of theatre - the dramatic art of

representing scenes from life through expressive bodily and facial movements. Originates at its earliest in Ancient Greece; the name is taken from a single masked dancer called Pantomimus "Pantomime" is all-in-mimic, and usually refers to the mimed dramatic sketch as a whole.

PANTOMIME/MIME Paris, Jean-Gaspard Deburau solidified the many attributes that we have come to know in modern times the silent figure in whiteface Pantomime and mime played an important role in films prior to advent of talkies , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus Digital Library

MODERN PANTOMIME 20TH CENTURY-TODAY SILENT FILM-CHAPLIN Silent film comedians like Charlie Chaplin, learned the craft of mime in the theatre Through film, they would have a profound influence on mimes working in live theatre even decades after their

death. Charlie Chaplin may be the most welldocumented mime in history. SILENT FILM-LAUREL & HARDY In a partnership lasting 31 years, the comedy duo made 106 films spanning the silent era until the 1950s. Laurel and Hardy made the world laugh They were the Kings of

Comedy! SILENT FILM-BUSTER KEATON Buster Keaton is considered one of the greatest comic actors of all time. His influence on physical comedy is rivaled only by Charlie Chaplin. Acrobatic and insightful, Keaton made dozens of short films and fourteen major silent features, he was one of the most talented and innovative artists of his time.

He was known and loved for his deadpan face and calm demeanor. For Keaton, as for many of the silent movie stars, the final straw was the advent of the talkies. In 1953, his appearance in Chaplins LIMELIGHT revived Keatons work career with frequent appearances on television.

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