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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
Lust, Annette.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2000]

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xvi, 352 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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One of the few studies covering the historical flow of mime from its beginnings to postmodern movement theatre, this book develops the meaning and evolution of mime and pantomime from the Greeks to the 20th 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 lasting mime and mime-related films and an extensive bibliography contribute to the usefulness of the book. With over 60 illustrations, this world-wide study is indispensable for the student, teacher, or fan of mime.

Author Notes

Annette Lust is professor emerita at Dominican College in San Rafael, California, where she has taught courses in beginning mime, theatre production, dramatic literature, and French language and literature

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Lust (emer., Dominican College), who has studied mime since the late 1940s when it was the subject of her doctoral thesis at the University of Paris, has produced a comprehensive history of mime and a rich analysis of its current state. The author sees mime as expressive physical theater that can hold the stage by itself in silence or be an element in spoken, sung, or danced theater. She focuses on Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau, and Jacques Lecog, who created schools of mime that flourished at mid-20th century and whose impact continues. Her interviews with Marceau and Lecog are enlightening, as is her correspondence with Decroux. Lust also includes interviews with Avner the Eccentric, John Towsen, and others who have carried mime in new directions, and she devotes a chapter to women mimes. Thanks to Lust's involvement in international mime festivals, she can present detailed accounts of the diverse work currently being done. A useful chart traces major developments of mime in the Occident and Orient; another shows 20th-century mime schools and movement styles. Appendixes list schools and centers for movement training, archives, resource directories, publications, scripts, and festivals. The volume includes illustrations and an excellent bibliography. Recommended for all theater collections. R. Sugarman; emeritus, Southern Vermont College

Table of Contents

Marcel Marceau
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: On the Meaning of Mime and Pantomimep. 1
Major Developments of the Art of Mime in the Occident and Orientp. 11
Exponents of Twentieth-Century Mime Schools and Movement Stylesp. 15
Part 1 Mime through the Agesp. 17
1 Mime, First Language and Art: Mime in Greece and Romep. 19
2 Mimes and Jongleurs of the Middle Agesp. 31
3 Origins of the Commedia Dell'Arte and the Theatres de la Foirep. 37
4 Gaspard Deburau and the Pierrots of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 45
5 English Pantomimep. 49
6 Mime and Movement in German, Russian, and Italian Theatrep. 53
7 Exit Pierrot. Enter Georges Waguep. 61
Part 2 Twentieth-Century Mimep. 65
8 Etienne Decroux, Father of Corporeal Mimep. 67
9 Jean-Louis Barraultp. 77
10 Marcel Marceaup. 83
11 Jacques Lecoqp. 99
12 Mimes of Twentieth-Century Europep. 109
13 Mime and Movement Theatre in North Americap. 163
14 Women's Voices in Mimep. 237
15 Movement and Silence in Modern and Postmodern Verbal Theatrep. 261
16 Whither Mime?p. 277
A Schools and Centers for Movement Trainingp. 283
B Archives, Resource Centers, and Artist Directories; Periodicals and Publications; Library and Museum Collections; Pantomime and Mime Scripts and Bookshop Collections; Festivalsp. 289
C Filmographyp. 297
Works Consulted and Citedp. 309
Indexp. 337
About the Authorp. 352