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Week 8 - Mime

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Liam Cusack

on 7 May 2014

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MIME
The origins of mime
A History of Mime
Mime is a constantly evolving art form, taking influences from all over the world
Activities!!
It is the year 2050AD
You are a robot and have just crash landed on a strange planet. With your robot partner you must rebuild your ship using snap, flowing and isolation mime.
Reflection
- What are the types of mime we looked at today?
- How can you make mime effective?
Let's begin!!
What are you
doing
!?
It is the art of portraying characters and acting out situations or a narrative by gestures and body movement without the use of words.
Primitive Times
8500BC
:
Mime is one of the earliest forms of expression. Before there was language... There was mime!
Mime was used frequently in ancient Australian Aboriginal dream time stories.
Ancient Romans
600BC
:
The 'true' beginning of mime with the Theater of Dionysus in Athens, where masked actors performed outside in daylight.
Italian Theater
1500AD
:
The beginnings of Commedia dell'Arte, a form a street art where actors would wear masks with over exaggerated features.
Modern mime
1800's onwards
:
There have been two types of mime emerge in the modern era:
Literal mime: used for comedy and story theater
Abstract mime: used to generate feelings and thoughts towards a serious topic
Charlie Chaplain
One of the original silent film, mime actors. Ignore the music in this video, he was a silent film actor!!!
Marcel Marceau
Created the 'modern outfit' for the mime with his famous character Bip.
Blends of Mime
Mime continues to be a popular forms of entertainment world wide, as it does not need language!
Walking with purpose!
1 - walk around the room normally
2 - kicking leaves
3 - through sticky mud
4 - walking through waist high jelly
5 - walking on hot coals
6 - waist high water, being chased by a SHARK!!
Collisions Freeze Frame
Snap Mime
Individually:
Imagine somebody has just called out your name to tell you a ball is heading straight towards you!! You can only move parts of your body at a time.
Eyes
Neck
Body
Hands
Catch
Pairs:
Snap mime passing a ball between the two of you.
Flowing Mime
Individually:
You are a bird
Pairs:
One person is the kite, the other is the person holding the kite
Now you are the waves lapping the shore
Isolation Mime:
Drinking a glass of water
Brainstorm the different section of picking up a glass, drinking water, and putting the glass down. Snap freeze in between each movement
Mime is generally considered as one of the earliest forms of self-expression. Before spoken language begun, mime was used typically to communicate between the primitive races of people. Today, mime has became a form of entertainment.
10000BC
0
5000BC
2500BC
7500BC
TODAY
500AD
1000AD
1500AD
Medieval Theater
500AD
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Greek comedies and tragedies were performed through mime
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