This book is a unique integration of ideas and experiences touching the very heart of mime and movement theatre. It goes well beyond the basic discussions of classical mime techniques and theory. It offers special directives for mime, movement students and professionals in the form of exercises, class lectures, and selected writings of contemporary mime artists and students, but its real outcry is that it searches for artistic excellence.
". . . The root of any art is silence. It is known that words are just one of the ways to communicate, to become one with another. We communicate better in silence. But communication is also more than just physical movement. . . .
"Mime expresses images on the visual level and sound on the inner level. The audience is like a sensitive plate of consciousness. When the artist performs, he imprints visions, ideas, images on the plate of consciousness.
". . . A mime shouldn't concern himself with how the audience is going to react. Many audiences are educated on the mediocrity of television and can't hear the silent communication of the artist. Re-educating an audience is not an easy task. . . ."
Paperback 173 pages, 37 b&w photos
books by Samuel Avital:
Mime Work Book
The Body Speak Manual: Moving Body and Mind
and cover art courtesy of author