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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

by Annette Bercut LustAnnette Bercut Lust


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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 60 illustrations, this worldwide study is indispensable for the student, teacher, or fan of mime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810845930
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/19/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Annette Bercut Lust is professor emerita at Dominican College where she teaches courses in beginning mime, theatre production, dramatic literature, and French language and literature. For her teaching and publication on the French School of Mime, she received the Palmes Académiques 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Meaning of Mime and Pantomime
Major Developments of the Art of Mime in the Occident and Orient
Exponents of Twentieth-Century Mime Schools and Movement Styles
Part One: Mime through the Ages
1 Mime, First Language and Art: Mime in Greece and Rome
2 Mimes and Jongleurs of the Middle Ages
3 Origins of the Commedia Dell'Arte and the Theatres de la Foire
4 Gaspard Deburau and the Pierrots of the Nineteenth Century
5 English Pantomime
6 Mime and Movement in German, Russian, and Italian Theatre
7 Exit Pierrot. Enter Georges Wague
Part Two: Twentieth-Century Mime
8 Etienne Decroux, Father of Corporeal Mime
9 Jean-Louis Barrault
10 Marcel Marceau
11 Jacques Lecoq
12 Mimes of Twentieth-Century Europe
13 Mime and Movement Theatre in North America
14 Women's Voices in Mime
15 Movement and Silence in Modern and Postmodern Verbal Theatre
16 Whither Mime?
A School and Centers for Movement Training
B Archives, Resource Centers, and Artist Directories; Periodicals and Publications; Library and Museum Collections; Pantomime and Mime Scripts and Bookshop Collections; Festivals
C Filmography
Works Consulted and Cited
About the Author

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