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Mime

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on 1 August 2010

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Mime Modern Mime Mime Makeup Harpo Marx Mime is a form of acting which an actor communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression. Mime reached its height during the 1500s through Commedia dell' Arte Before there was spoken language, mime was used to communicate what the primitive people needed or wanted. Instead of fading into obscurity when the spoken language was developed, mime became a form of entertainment. Mime is considered one of the first mediums of self expression Primitive Times Ancient Greece and Rome This is where Mime as entertainment all began: the Theater of Dionysus in Athens. Masked actors performed outdoors, in daylight, before audiences of 10,000 or more at festivals in honor of Dionysus, the god of theater. Street performers in Italy performed Commedia dell' Arte in the streets. They wore masks and did comedy routines. He created his own special character, known as 'Bip', who is a familiar sight, with his top hat with the flower sticking out, and his short jacket. Emerged after the Second World War Influenced by the silent film stars like Charlie Chaplin Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) Was a pupil of Etienne Decroux at the Dullin school. Mime in America is eclectic and blends many styles. American mime suggests the emergence of another school of mime: a melting pot with much experimentation. Mime Walk Walk Against the Wind Mime Wall Rope Pull Ledge Lean Mime Technique 1. White Face 2. Black Eye Liner 3. Dramatic Mouth (either red or black) Harpo Marx was a part of The Marx Brothers, who were a Jewish-American family comedy act, originally from New York City, which enjoyed success in Vaudeville, Broadway, and motion pictures from the early 1900s to around 1950.

In January 1910, Harpo joined two of his brothers to form "The Three Nightingales". Harpo was inspired to develop his "silent" routine after reading a review of one of their performances which had been largely ad-libbed. The theater critic wrote, "Adolph Marx performed beautiful pantomime which was ruined whenever he spoke." In 1955, Harpo made an appearance on Lucille Ball's sitcom "I Love Lucy," in which they re-enacted the famous mirror scene from the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup (1933). In this scene, he takes the place of Groucho, while Lucy takes his place. Why are we studying mime? Mime uses isolation in its technique. (Moving one part of the body separate from all of the other parts.) This isolation can give you more control of your body, and is specifically useful in artforms such as dance. Michael Jackson is a prime example of someone who uses many dance moves based in mime technique. The moon walk uses the same principles as the mime walk. We have a better appreciation for mime, and other art forms when we understand it and its history. To help with awareness of your facial expressions and body language. The makeup has a lot of contrast so that facial expressions are easier to see.
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