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Mimenspiel: 
die Kunst der Korpersprache
 
von Samuel Avital

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". . . Long before the seventeenth century, Europe had seen the start of a vitally important theatrical movement. Characters with some similarity to those of the ancient Roman mimes were appearing in a new form. Some authorities believe that the link between the Pappus, Maccus and Bucco of Roman days and the fifteenth-century Pantaloon, Clown and Punchinello is firm and complete. Along with these possible descendants came another -- Arlechino (or Harlequin), who is supposed to be a memory of the god Mercury. Italian and Sicilian players were especially adept at this new type of mime play, which was called Commedia dell'arte all'improviso -- a comedy improvised by professional actors. Its influence spread all through Europe.

"The most famous of the Commedia dell'arte characters are Harlequin, Pierrot and Columbine. When the Commedia dell'arte spread to France, mime took on greater importance. The actors, called forains, appearing at the great fairs, the Foire de Saint Germain or the Foire de Saint Laurent. They acted out of doors and at first scrolls covered with explanatory verse were shown as an accompaniment to the mimes. (This custom is remembered when Marcel Marceau's assistant shows us a card bearing the title of the coming scene.) . . ."

158 Seiten mit 66 Schwarzweiss-Fotos

English version of book

Andere Bücher von Samuel Avital:
Mime and Beyond: The Silent Outcry
Mime Work Book
The Body Speak Manual: Moving Body and Mind

 
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