- Dates: May 26 & 27 2018
- Time: 11am-5pm (with a lunch break)
- Cost: $175
- Intructor: Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum
This intensive is co-led by the winner of the 2018 "World Mime Organization Award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Mime" Steve and Corinne are direct contemporaries of the late Etienne Decroux, considered by many to be the "Father of Modern Mime." Over this 12 hour intensive, participants will gain a greater understanding of how to navigate their body through space as they may never have before. From the instructors: "This study will include gestural grammar, body articulation, counterweights, walks and displacements in space, figures of style, mobile statuary, and musicality of movement. Extracts of the repertoire of Etienne Decroux will be taught during the workshop to fully experience this unique modern mythology of movement theatre. Participants will also explore the infinite possibilities of drawing from this repertoire to create personal work."
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/235205493722798/
The promotion of an important book “Marcel Marceau the Poetics of Gesture” by Italyan author PatriziaIovine took place on July 7th at the Great Hall (Aula Magna) of the John Cabot University in Rome.
FINAL PROGRAM OF THE 2nd WORLD MIME CONFERENCE
The 2nd World Mime Conference is on the way of being organised and it will take place from June 28th to 30th in Belgrade (Serbia) after the last years success of the 1st World Mime Conference.
This year we are partnering with the International Monodrama and Mime Festival in Zemun (Belgrade) that is happening at the same time (opening on the 27th in Pinokio Theatre) so all the participants will have free entrance on all the shows and events organised by the festival. Partnering with festivals like this one was a recommendation by WMO Official Members.
The program of the 2nd WMConference is being put together as well as VIP guests all of us will be able to meet at the conference.
Dear friends here you can apply for participation at the 2nd World Mime Conference, reserve a hotel at special prices and the rest and pay via PayPal. Looking forward to seeing you and discussing best mime practice and the future of our beloved art. See you soon.
Please share this information with your friends and colleagues in your respected country and around the world and help us promote this important and one-of-a-kind networking mime event.
Discussions & Presentations:
(part of the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government)
Address: Dobrinjska 11, Beograd
PozorištenaTerazijama (National Musical Theatre)
Address: TrgNikolePašića 3
Pupet theatre "Pinokio"
IMPORTANT NOTE: Transportation from the hotel to venues is NOT provided.
Venue for Discussions and Workshops is 7-15 minutes walking distance from the hotel.
To reach the Festival venue (Pinokio Theatre) you need to take a bus or a taxi (price is 700-900 RSD or 6-8 EUR)
PROVISIONAL PROGRAM V05:
DISCUSSIONS (60-75 minutes):
- Mime & Tech (New Technologies)
- WMO Future Events
- Mime in Asia
- Mime Legacies
- Status of Mime Artists
- Theatre & Mime for Youth
- "Marcel Marceau Poetics of Gesture" by PatriziaIovine (Italy &WMO)
- A book about Marcel Marceau
- Speakers: PatriziaIovine, Baptiste Marceu (son of Marcel Marceau), Ella Jaroszewicz (former wife of Marcel Marceau), Marko Stojanović (former student of Marcel Marceau)
WORKSHOPS (60-75 minutes):
- Baprtiste Marceau (France): Yoga (for mimes, actors and dancers)
- Ella Jaroszewicz (France): The Magenia Teachings (?)
- prof.dr. YoramBoker (Israel): Commedia dell'Arte
- Mateusz Kowalski (Poland): Tomaszewski Technique/Theatre
- Prof.dr. Alexander Iliev, (Bulgaria): Classical Mime
- Prof.dr. Alexander Iliev (Bulgaria): National Academy for Theatre and Film, Sofia
- Mateusz Kowalski (Poland): Wroclaw Mime Theatre "HenrykTomaszewski - the Tomaszewski legacy
- Wolfgang Neuhausen&MagaretNontokozoPhiri (Germany/WMO& South Africa): Mime Art for Life Project
- YoelLiba (Israel): Status of Performing Artists in Israel
- ÍlkerKilicer (Turkey): "Brief History Of Mime In Turkey And My Own Mime Story"
- Dr.FatmaKeçeli (Turkey): "The Power Of Silence In Children's Theatre"
- Vladimir Cvejić (Serbia&WMO):“Student Theatre as the Healthy Organic Food”
MIME SHOWS at the 44th International Monodrama and Mime Festival in Zemun (Belgrade, Serbia):
- Alexander Iliev"Pierrot", Bulgaria (27.06.)
- Georgian State Pantomime Theatre "Georgian Pantomime Novels", Georgia (29.06.)
- Wolfgang NeuhausenNEMO"The Gift of Mime Art", Germany (30.06.)
Over 70 participants from 21 nations came together for the first ever World Mime Conference
27.03.2018, by Angela von Lerber
What images come to mind when you think of the word ‘mime’? – human statues as tourist attractions along a busy pedestrian thoroughfare, a dusty theatre in some lonely back street, or yawning boredom amongst the audience in half-emptyvenues? The World Mime Organisation serves to dispel such prejudices. Founded in 2004 by the Serbian mime Marko Stojanović and his Israeli colleague Ofer Blum, the organisation invited guests to the first World Mime Conference in Belgrade from 21 to 23 March 2018.
The two founders have long dreamed of bringing together in one place the stage artists of mime and physical theatre, as well as their training establishments and institutions from all the corners of the world. For the date of the first gathering of mime artists, they selected World Mime Day on 22 March, which is also the birthday of the world’s most renowned mime, Marcel Marceau. Over 70 participants from 21 countries accepted the invitation to Belgrade – some of them ‘attending’ via live stream on Skype.
A voice for the silent sounds of mime
In his address, Vice President Ofer Blum succinctly summarised the reason for organising the gathering:
“We want to free the art of mime from the stigma of antiquation and highlight the inherent potential of this art form.” (Ofer Blum)
Joining the event live from Hunter College New York, Professor of Theatre Mira Felner confirmed his diagnosis: a survey of the new students at Hunter College revealed that only one of them – a foreign student from France – knew the name of the world’s most famous mime, Marcel Marceau. It is high time to change this state of affairs.
Participants from four continents
The participants at the World Mime Conference came from Northern, Western and Eastern Europe, from the USA, Colombia, Brazil, Japan, China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. A considerable number came from Serbia, where the local organiser Marko Stojanović has established and maintained his network over many years. Alongside the annual awards ceremony for outstanding services to the world of mime, participants also enjoyed a densely-packed programme. The boundaries of mime were explored and eagerly discussed. Even if there was some disagreement as to where mime stops and modern dance begins, there is one thing the participants were all in agreement with – that mime has evolved and has the power to achieve more than is commonly assumed.
World Mime Awards ceremony
Since its earliest days, the World Mime Organisation has bestowed awards for outstanding services to the world of mime. This year there were no fewer than five awards, which went to stage artists and institutions. One such award was received by the Spanish mime Carlos Martínez, who is also popular in Switzerland’s small theatre scene and has been touring the world’s stages with his solo programmes for the best part of four decades.
The other winners included:
- Ella Jaroszewicz, Paris
- Pantomimteatern, Stockholm
- The Georgian State Pantomime Theatre Shalikashvili, Tbilisi
- The International Monodrama & Mime Festival, Zemun (Serbia)
Beyond the stage, mime is also a great tool of inclusiveness for disadvantaged or physically disabled people. Working with one’s body, the shared experience, and standing on stage all help to boost the participants’ self-confidence. For obvious reasons, the art of mime is especially popular among the hearing-impaired community. Lepa Petrović, Director of the School for the Deaf in Belgrade, Julijana Lekić from the Serbian Association of Sign-Language Interpreters, and the deaf mime Ivan Beader reported on mime projects carried out by hearing-impaired people. There was particular interest in implementing communal stage projects with hearing-impaired and non-hearing-impaired people – finally on an equal footing. The mime Nemo from Germany in turn reported on his project Mime Art for Life, which uses workshops in the townships of South Africa to boost young people’s self-confidence and takes them on tour. Nemo also works with organisations for the disabled:
“It requires plenty of patience. But if I manage to obtain even a brief insight into the world of an autist, I feel very enriched.” (Nemo alias Wolfgang Neuhausen)
As a dance and movement therapist, Miodrag Kastratović works with paraplegics and people with physical disabilities. He has been involved in the organising of Paradance championships for many years. After 35 years in this field, it was only after his meeting with the founder of the World Mime Organisation that he realised that what he practises is not dance but mime. He is convinced – and his successful therapies prove him right: “Mime is better than any medicine.”
Other talks and presentations highlighted the artistic aspect of mime within the following topics:
- Mime and dance
- The future of mime as an art and business
- Mime in higher education curriculum
Promoting young talent
At the conference, attention was also paid to learning and implementation. Veteran masters of the mime scene were in attendance to provide insights into their work – people such as Yoram Boker, who continues to teach at the university in Tel Aviv despite being advanced in years, and Ella Jaroszewicz, the widow of Marcel Marceau and former member of the Tomaszewski troupe. In 1974, she opened her own training institute for physical theatre in Paris.
Another master of physical theatre was in attendance in Belgrade, namely Stanislaw Brosowski – another former student of Tomaszewski. Brosowski teaches at the Stockholm University of the Arts and helps aspiring actors to use not only their voices but also their bodies on stage.
The conference was rounded off with a junior talent competition and practical workshops.
Looking back – looking towards the future?
It is impossible to do justice to every talk and performance in a review of these densely-packed three days. What remains is amazement at the diversity of the universal art form that is mime, and at how many places around the world it is still practised at the highest level.
In contrast to the famous French mimes such as Jacques Lecoq, Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau, or the Polish mime artist Henryk Tomaszewski, who were celebrated like stars in the first half of the twentieth century, mime today has been eclipsed by modern theatre and entertainment comedy. The mimes of that era provided a counterpoint to the age in which they lived: against the backdrop of social tensions, war rhetoric and decadence, they expressed the silent, humane emotions. Where words had no impact or were even banned, mime appealed to people’s common humanity. Will mime manage to reclaim this role in the present day? The gathering at the World Mime Conference might have broken the ground in this endeavour.
Link to the original blogpost in German: https://www.phil-rouge.ch/stelldichein-der-pantomimen/