Pantomime - amandaroberts

Pantomime is acting without words by using
facial expressions and gestures, expressive
movements of the body or limbs. The term is
used to cover several different types of
For successful stage pantomime you need to
use your facial expressions and body
movements to communicate your reactionsphysical and emotional-to characters, events,
objects, and environments
Pantomime is often called the art of silence.
The art of pantomime is basic to your training
as an actor, because a character is portrayed
through gestures, facial expressions, and
movement- the first things an audience
Pantomime goes hand in hand with dance
and was the forerunner of classical ballet
Pantomime was the first form of acting.
The techniques of pantomime are based on
what human beings do physically in response
to emotional stimulation, other people, and
the objects around them.
No sound is used
There are two phases
◦ Relax your muscles and free your body for quick
expression of feeling
◦ Creation of characterizations in which feeling
prompts a bodily response
The modern tradition of mime, based on the
technique of pantomime, is an abstract art
form employing exaggerated
conventionalized gestures to express ideas
rather than to represent actions.
The formal art of mime emerged in the early
1800s, when Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Deburau
began the process of refining the Commedia
Dell’Arte slapstick style of pantomime.
Today’s most famous mime, Marcel Marceau,
was inspired by the great silent film
comedians Charlie Chaplin and Buster
He developed a character called Bip.
Because of Marceau, the art of mime has
become more popular.
Marceau has stated that he feels mime has
become popular because it has no language
barriers and because it’s so simple that it can
be performed anywhere
Mimes never use words
◦ Though some employ sounds
They generally wear whiteface makeup
◦ White foundation with accentuated eyes and mouth
They also wear eccentric clothing and work
on a bare stage with few props
Mimes work from just five basic facial
◦ Happy, sad, surprised, angry, and afraid
The action conveys only action; for example, flying a kite
The artist works with imaginary objects
No sounds are used
All pantomimes are based on reality
The main goal is the exact pantomime of a specific action
◦ The action conveys the theme; for example, snagging a kite on a
tree after struggling to get it soaring in the sky might be a mime’s
way of saying “our aspirations often become entangled with the
things of this world.”
◦ The artist works with imaginary objects by may also use part or all
of the body to become an object or express an idea
◦ Nonverbal sounds, such as escaping air, a telephone busy signal,
or the screech of tires may be used.
◦ Mimes go beyond reality; they are not limited to the real world
◦ The main goal is the expression of an idea; themes can often be
expressed in simple terms: loneliness, young dreams, or

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