"THE WORDLESS WORLD OF WONDER"
A Pre & Post Show Study Guide
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ABOUT THE "ART" OF MIME
Mime is often called a “Silent Art” but it is more correct to call it a “Wordless Art” because in Mime, you can use music, even sound effects, but never words! This is for a very important reason too.
When we watch a mime, or a company of mimes perform; “WE” create our own words for the stories we are watching. In this way, “We” actually become the writers of the story. This is why people call Mime, a “Universal” art form because while watching a mime show, the audience creates their own imaginary world in their mind. Drawing from their own memories, experiences, places they’ve been, and their culture they create their own play for themselves.
Mime is also an art of Illusion! A mime artist can create a world of invisible objects, people, and places on the stage. In the performance, you will see them create invisible Walls, Stairs, Ladders , and even walk without moving and be lifted into the air by a helium balloon. A Mime performance can be comical, but it can dramatic making s feel deep emotional feelings.
What to Look for While Watching a Mime Performance
When you see a mime show, it all seems to happen so naturally that you rarely even notice the effort used by the mime artist. This is certainly a big part of it, just like when we see an Ice Skater, Ballet Dancer or Violinist. The artist must hide the effort in order to let the audience imagine their own stories and see the invisible world appear before them.
1.) What you want to watch for is how the Mime makes you create words in your own mind while he//she is acting. Notice how the mime will often hold “freeze poses” and how it is usually then, that we laugh the most, and understand his/her thoughts.
2.) Watch for how slowly the mime will touch the invisible objects. While touching them, and againholding long “freeze poses” our imagination will begin to see the invisible world begin to appear before our eyes. It is almost like our mind will “paint” the scenery around the mime on stage.
3.) Look at how the mime will “stare” at the space around the stage. It is by how and where the mime looks, that also will help your imagination begin to see the invisible world. Yes, even before the mime touches something, he is already making it begin to appear.
4.) Finally, notice how much you understand “Every Thought” that the mime has! This is because a mime studies a style of wordless acting that is exactly the same as if it was written down on paper! All of the thoughts, are a clear as a real sentence, just like you study in class when you learn to write a sentence, paragraph, and a entire story. The mime makes this seem natural, but this is the most difficult part of all.
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