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- Created 2012-03-12
, "imitator, actor") is someone who uses
as a theatrical medium or as a
, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of
. In earlier times, in English, such a performer would typically be referred to as a
. Miming is to be distinguished from
, in which the artist is a seamless character in a film or sketch.
The performance of
originates at its earliest in
; the name is taken from a single masked dancer called
, although performances were not necessarily silent. In Medieval Europe, early forms of mime such as
s and later dumbshows evolved. In early nineteenth century
solidified the many attributes that we have come to know in modern times—the silent figure in whiteface.
, strongly influenced by
theatre, used masks in the training of his actors.
, a pupil of his, was highly influenced by this and started exploring and developing the possibilities of mime and developed
into a highly sculptural form, taking it outside of the realms of naturalism.
contributed significantly to the development of mime and
with his training methods.
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World Mime Index
MOVEO—International school of corporeal mime and physical theatre in Barcelona
International Theatre School Jacques Lecoq
London International School of Performing Arts
Innovo Conservatory of Physical Theatre
European Mime Index, European Network for the Promotion and Profiling of Visual Theatre
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