From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and beyond: Mimes, Actors, Pierrots, and Clowns: A Chronicle of the Many Visages of Mime in the Theatre

From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and beyond: Mimes, Actors, Pierrots, and Clowns: A Chronicle of the Many Visages of Mime in the Theatre


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Annette Bercut Lust has spent a lifetime developing the knowledge to produce this definitive work on mime. One of the few studies covering the historical flow of mime from its beginnings to postmodern movement theatre, this book explores the evolution of mime and pantomime from the Greeks to the twentieth century, depicting the role of mime in dance, clowning, the cinema, and verbal theatre throughout the centuries. It is also an in-depth study of twentieth-century mime masters, including Jacques Lecoq, Etienne Decroux, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Marcel Marceau. In addition to defining and tracing the history of mime, Lust documents present-day training programs in North America and Europe, providing contact addresses and information on mime festivals and centers. A filmography listing mime and mime-related films and an extensive bibliography contribute to the usefulness of the book. There is also a chart tracing the origins of mime to the present and a chart demonstrating exponents of the various styles and schools of mime. With over sixty illustrations, this worldwide study is indispensable for the student, teacher, or fan of mime.

Author Biography: Annette Bercut Lust is Professor Emerita at Dominican College where she teaches courses in beginning mime, theater production, dramatic literature, and French language and literature. For her teaching and publication on the French School of Mime, she received the "Palmes AcadŽmiques" from the French government in 1973. An active producer and director, Lust produces the annual Bay Area Original One-Act Play and Solo Festival at Dominican College.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810835108
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 7.27(w) x 10.33(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Meaning of Mime and Pantomime1
Major Developments of the Art of Mime in the Occident and Orient11
Exponents of Twentieth-Century Mime Schools and Movement Styles15
Part 1Mime through the Ages17
1Mime, First Language and Art: Mime in Greece and Rome19
2Mimes and Jongleurs of the Middle Ages31
3Origins of the Commedia Dell'Arte and the Theatres de la Foire37
4Gaspard Deburau and the Pierrots of the Nineteenth Century45
5English Pantomime49
6Mime and Movement in German, Russian, and Italian Theatre53
7Exit Pierrot. Enter Georges Wague61
Part 2Twentieth-Century Mime65
8Etienne Decroux, Father of Corporeal Mime67
9Jean-Louis Barrault77
10Marcel Marceau83
11Jacques Lecoq99
12Mimes of Twentieth-Century Europe109
13Mime and Movement Theatre in North America163
14Women's Voices in Mime237
15Movement and Silence in Modern and Postmodern Verbal Theatre261
16Whither Mime?277
ASchools and Centers for Movement Training283
BArchives, Resource Centers, and Artist Directories; Periodicals and Publications; Library and Museum Collections; Pantomime and Mime Scripts and Bookshop Collections; Festivals289
Works Consulted and Cited309
About the Author352

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