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Unit Introducing Pantomime for Middle and High School

Christopher Taylor

on 16 October 2018

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Transcript of Pantomime

Mime, influenced by the French, became what we know of it today. Important mimes of this period include:
Marcel Marceau
Buster Keaton
Charlie Chaplin
Jacques Lecoq
Pantomime and Physical Theatre
a dramatic entertainment, originating in Roman mime, in which performers express meaning through gestures accompanied by music.
A mime is the person who performs in a pantomime. This artist uses only the body and facial expression to tell a complex story and communicate emotion. Music is often used to emphasize emotion and enhance the story.
The History of Pantomime
467 BCE
20th Century
15th-18th Century
First Mime recorded in Aeschylus' play, SEVEN AGAINST THEBES. The Greek mime often performed accompanied by speech or music, usually played on the flute.
Mummer's Play or Dumbshow
Usually involved a murder of some kind performed by a doctor or "quack." Good versus evil with good triumphing. Usually introduced in rhyming couplets.
The most famous from this era comes from Shakespeare's HAMLET.
Contemporary Mime
Bill Irwin
Bill Bowers
Mime on the Street
Start From the Beginning
Write out what you do every morning
before you leave for school.
Break down your routine into discrete steps. 10 or 12 is ideal. Practice your routine, pantomime the items that you use.
Perform your routine.
With a group, create a storyline. Break the story down into small "snapshots."
Using gestures, facial expression and levels, tell your story in five still images.
Tools of a Mime
Gestures - using the body to express emotion.

With a group, create a list of small items that you might use. Now, practice using the items with as much detail as you can. Items might include: needle and thread, toothbrush, blow dryer, comb etc.
Demonstrate your items for the class.
Using only your face, demonstrate basic emotions: Happy, sad, angry, lonely, frustrated. Come up with some of your own. Demonstrate for the class!
Using only your body, demonstrate the same emotions you showed with your face.
Assignment 3
Using your knowledge of fairy tales,
create a story that is only told through
pantomime. You may use an existing story or you may "fracture" your fairy tale to give a new twist to a story that already exists!
You may only use the tools of pantomime to tell your story, however, you may have a narrator guide the audience through the story.
Pantomime Assignment 1
Create a simple scenario to explore exaggerated action. Try to include at least three of the universal emotions.
You should have a beginning, middle and end.
7 Universal Emotions
Facial expression - showing emotion
using only the face.
Props - most mimes use imagination to create the items that they need.
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