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Published: Jun 22, 2017

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"Dear friends,

Ten years ago, on September 22nd one of the greatest mimes of all times, Marcel Marceau has left this world. This is day of sadness for all the people around the world that respected him and his work and for some of us that were fortunate to now him and learn from him.

That is why we are marking this day in peaceful ways and celebrating the day Marcel Marceau was born, March 22nd as the World Mime Day.

World Mime Organisation wants to thank Mrs. Patrizia Iovine our member from Italy for the article she wrote www.sipario.it and she has allowed us to publish it in its original form in Italian on WMO website. Mrs.Patrizia Iovine is the author of a book "Marcel Marceau - The Poetry of the Motion".

Enjoy the article."

 

Il 22 settembre 2007 si spegneva a Cahors, all’età di 84 anni, il mimo Marcel Marceau. Un artista deciso a raccontare la vita in silenzio, su un palcoscenico nudo, popolato da personaggi creati dalla sua stessa fantasia. Un poeta del gesto che ha descritto, attraverso le pantomime di stile, l’ essenza della condizione umana, che ha creato, nel 1947, un personaggio dal pallore lunare, il malinconico Bip , discendente di Arlecchino, nipote di Pierrot e cugino di Charlot. Ho conosciuto il maestro in una gelida giornata di dicembre, nel 1992 a Parigi.

Un uomo umile, come tutti i veri grandi artisti. Tra i suoi racconti, legati insieme da un sottile filo di magia, la sua infanzia e i ricordi di un padre sensibile, amante dell’opera lirica e del cinema muto troppo presto chiamato dalla morte in un campo di concentramento ad Auschwitz nel 1944. Un’infanzia segnata da un vuoto incolmabile, simile a quella del suo idolo e ispiratore, Charlie Chaplin, figlio di un uomo alcolizzato e di una donna vittima della pazzia, trascinata via in manicomio. Due artisti che hanno cucito sulla tela della sofferenza il loro mondo in bianco e nero, che hanno scelto di prendere a morsi la vita, uno sulla scena del set cinematografico sotto la cupola grigia della capitale inglese negli anni ’20, l’altro tra le tavole della scena teatrale, tra i vicoli e i parchi immaginari della metropoli francese nel periodo postbellico. Bip e Charlot, due antieroi, malinconici ed emarginati, due parenti romantici che, nonostante le sconfitte, proveranno sempre a rialzarsi e a rinascere. Marcel Marceau ha rappresentato il disagio dell’uomo in una società ostile, ha messo a nudo l’animo umano.

Attraverso il gesto ha lasciato parlare, assieme ai personaggi ch’egli stesso era solito impersonare, anche gli oggetti, gli animali, gli elementi della natura, mostrandoli con tutto il loro volume e il loro peso. Creare il visibile dall’invisibile al contrario di Chaplin che, attraverso gli artifici del set riusciva a creare l’invisibile dal visibile. Roba da acrobati del cuore. Il maestro francese ha poi inventato la marcia contro il vento, avvalendosi della legge del contrappeso, da cui poi Michael Jackson erediterà il passo di danza moonwalk. Nei suoi one man show il celebre mimo non portava nulla con sé in scena, con i movimenti scanditi dal respiro riempiva lo spazio intero, lo popolava di anime erranti, di elementi e soprattutto di sogni .

La musica era il giusto contrappunto alle grida dell’anima, era complice, come un’amante, del silenzio. A differenza del suo severo maestro Étienne Decroux, grammatico e teorico del gesto che nel suo atelier parigino viveva ed insegnava l’arte del movimento (che secondo lui aveva origine nel ventre), Marcel Marceau ha portato in giro per il mondo la sua fascinosa arte muta e in una vecchia valigia il costume che il suo Bip avrebbe indossato per esibirsi nei suoi numeri pantomimici: una maglietta a righe bianca e nera, un vecchio gilet dai grossi bottoni , pantaloni bianchi, un cappello a cilindro con una rosa rossa tremula come un’emozione, delle scarpe da acrobata e accanto, il suo tenero cuore vagabondo.

Affascinato dai teatri d’oriente, dai generi Kabuki, Nō e Kathakali l’artista francese, esibendo un melanconico viso dipinto di bianco amava rappresentare il suo universo immaginario soprattutto con le mani e con il volto al contrario del suo maestro Decroux che, alla scuola di Charles Dullin, negli anni ’40, considerava mani e volto strumenti della menzogna e seguaci della chiacchiera declassandoli all’ultimo posto nella gerarchia degli organi espressivi.

Il poeta del silenzio ha messo insieme i tasselli del mosaico gestuale partendo dalle origini per arrivare ai giorni nostri. Nell’intero continente si celebra la sua arte preziosa. Una tecnica impeccabile, universale ed eterna che resterà indelebile tra le più belle pagine della storia del teatro.

Patrizia Iovine

http://www.sipario.it/attualita/i-fatti/item/10931-dieci-anni-dallo-morte-del-maestro-marcel-marceau-nel-silenzio-parla-il-re-del-gesto-di-patrizia-iovine.html

 

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Dear mime friends and colleagues,

We would like to inform you that on July 17th at approximately 17:30 (5:30PM Spanish time) in Segovia, Spain during the 35th ITI World Congress the World Mime Organisation became an official partner of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-UNESCO) the largest performing arts organization in the world by a unanimous vote.

We strongly believe this is a milestone, a historical moment for our organization that will bring new opportunities and benefits to our members.

As we are a membership based organization we ask you to become Official Members of the WMO and to invite all your friends and colleagues, mime practitioners or just mime lovers to become our members as well.

Thank you!

Following is the speech by Marko Stojanović WMO co-founder and president at the 35th ITI World Congress

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Dear mime friends,
 
World Mime Organisation is opening its web site to all the Official Members in good standing to use it as a promotional tool for their projects.
 
Please send us all the news with photos, videos and other illustrations and we will publish them on WMO website, FB page and through all the channels available to us at the moment.
 
We also invite all of you to write articles on mime actualities and history of mime in your respected cities, countries and regions and/or the art of mime in general. WMO is not an encyclopaedia but we kindly ask you to separate facts from stories, legends, personal views and impressions and to quote sources of those information.
 
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Thank you,
 
WMO
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On the occasion of the 10 years since Marcel Marceau left us World Mime Organisation has decided to say THANK YOU to those who enriched our art, our profession and our lives through mime in the past century and are still with us, working, inspiring, teaching, sharing... Usually we give 1-5 awards per year, but on this occasion we will double this number in the next few weeks.

We are honored to officially inform you that the World Mime Organisation has decided to present the “Special WMO Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of mime” to three mime artists and professor who still share their art and knowledge with us:

Mr.Andrés Valdés of the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mrs.EllaJaroszewicz of the Ecoleinternationale de théâtrecorporel Studio Magenia in Paris, France

Mr.YoramBoker of the Tel Aviv University. Israel

EXPLANATION OF THE DECISION for Mr. Andrés Valdés

“The World Mime Organisation has decided to present the “Special WMO Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of mime” to the mime artist and educator Andrés Valdés.

Born and educated in Havana, Cuba, honed in Paris, France, flourished in Yugoslavia and matured in Slovenia, Andrés Valdéshas traveled the distance both geographically and artistically and brought together cultures, dreams and body movements across space and time.

He has introduced an almost unknown art form to the people, the audience and the professionals of an entire European region where he performed, directed and taught generations of young artists, actors and dancers and his artistic influence and human spirit will be felt by generations to come.”

EXPLANATION OF THE DECISION for prof. Ella Jaroszewicz

“The World Mime Organisation has decided to present the “Special WMO Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of mime” to professor Ella Jaroszewicz of the Ecoleinternationale de théâtrecorporel Studio Magenia.

She created her own body movement, style and school evolving from dance and mime, Tomaszewski and Marceau but keeping her creative originality.

Ella creates and teaches with rigor of the Eastern and freedom of expression of the Western Europe.

She is still influencing and inspiring young mime artists, dancers and actors as well as theatre across Europe and the world where her students are working and creating.”

Just like the name of her school “Magenia” or “marzenie” in Polish which means “Dream”, her dream never ends.”

EXPLANATION OF THE DECISION for prof. YoramBoker

““The World Mime Organization has decided to present the “Special WMO Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of mime” to Prof. YoramBoker of the Tel Aviv University.

Professor YoramBoker was taught by the best, Marcel Marceau, Jacques Lecoq, Claude Kipnis and his untamed spirit led him to develope his own style of performing and teaching. His career as a professor flourished at the Tel Aviv University where he was teaching and inspiring young actors, mime artists.

His artistic path was like a carousel spinning between mime, masks and empty space filled with imagination and emotions. He taught his partners, students and the audience to ware masks, play with them but also to be brave and take them off.

We want to assure prof. YoramBoker that the art of mime did not die with Marcel Marceau, as he expressed his fearful thoughts in one interview, but thanks to him, his students, his colleagues and the World Mime Organisation will keep living, evolving and searching for its place in new reality and new imagination inspired by artists like himself.”

About the Special WMO Award

Since 2015 we have established the “Special WMO Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of mime” as a way to say thank you and not to forget people that have given so much to the art of mime and fellow mime artists.

"Special WMO Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of mime" is awarded to a person and in 2015 it was awarded to Mr.AmiranShalikashvili (Georgia), in 2016/17 to Prof.StanislawBrosowski (Sweden).

 

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