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The American Mime Theatre ~ Celebrating its 69th Wonderful year!

The American Mime Theatre will celebrate its 69th Year on April 7th, 2021. The Company and  School, in New York City, was founded by Pau J. Curtis in 1952. Mr. Curtis is the creator of the performing art form known as “American Mime”,  and his Medium and its services continues under the direction of Jean Barbour

Paul J. Curtis, Founder and Director of The American Mime Theatre

For more information about The American Mime Theatre.

Click here to see my previous post on The American Mime Theatre.

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WMChat #21 ~ US Women in Mime ~ “Surviving and Succeeding in the USA”

 Hosted by World Mime Organisation

Participating in the conversation are the following women.

Sharon Diskin, The Chameleons Mime Theatre

Joan Schirle, Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International

Jean Callovini Barbour, Director American Mime Theatre,

Sara June, Bhutto Artist

Liz Bolick

For more information on World Mime Organisation!

This is one of many events that the World Mime Organisation has produced recently. Please check out their Facebook page and website for additional information and/or to join.

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Announcing the 3rd World Mime Conference ~ 12/10/20 ~ Online

FREE REGISTRATION for the 3rd WORLD MIME CONFERENCE is now OPEN! The conference will take place from December 10th to 13th ONLINE. It is organized by the World Mime Organisation in partnership with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Shanghai International Comedy Festival. Just fill the form…

The program will be announced this week. We will have 4 discussions, 3-4 workshops, and a ceremony. All will be online.

For Additional Information/To Fill Out the Form

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Vaudevisuals interview – Keith Shubert – Toybox Theatre

Keith Shubert is working on his puppets, toys, and other wonderful notions in North Carolina. He is an MC, producer, puppeteer, clown, and witch!

When I was in Asheville last year we attempted to meet for a person-to-person interview but I got sick. We postponed it and last week I got a chance to do the interview via Zoom.

For more information about Keith’s work you can visit his website his Facebook page.

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MTS – Summer Physical Theater Institute and New Online Classes!

What Covid-19 Means for MTS This Summer!

2020 marks the ten year anniversary of Movement Theater Studio’s world-renowned month-long Summer Physical Theater Institute. Hosted by CUNY Brooklyn College’s Theater Department on the grounds of their beautiful campus deep in the heart of Brooklyn the four-week intensive and such one-week workshops as Clown, Character Mask, The Ensemble Director and of course Norman Taylor’s transformative master classes have attracted almost 3,000 students from across the globe during this last decade. We are very proud of that! And despite the setbacks of this year’s Covid-19 pandemic, MTS remains committed to providing the highest level of physical acting training to its students – both new and returning.

To that end, we have both pushed back our 2020 summer offerings and shortened the length of the full-time intensive. We’re lucky enough to have the same world-class faculty and with a lengthened teaching day we will be able to cover almost as much as before. SO! Below you will see a start date of July 20th (which we believe best positions us to ensure we will be free of social distancing rules and limits on public assembly) and we’ve significantly cut prices in acknowledgment of the particular hardship brought upon the artistic community. Of course, the city may still not be open-for-business and we may not be able to run these courses. But we are planning on it – and signing up those who might NEED a place to get creative at that point more than ever! Lastly, I would like to thank all of the many who have trained with us this past decade – who have brought their talent, dedication, and fun into the room. These are punishing times for the creative soul but I believe that like the Phoenix from the ashes the curiosity of the artist will prevail and thrive – no matter what the foe. See below and…..

COME JOIN US!

Richard Crawford, Director MTS


in association with
BROOKLYN COLLEGE

TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE
July 20th – July 31st, 9 am – 6 pm
The first comprehensive Lecoq based training program in New York.  Focusing on the Actor as Creator, the 2020 Summer Physical Theater Intensive at MTS is based on key elements of the Lecoq pedagogy, including Le jeu, Clown, Neutral Mask and Lecoq’s 20 Movements in approaching the creation of original and physically told narratives.  Faculty include Richard Crawford (Actor War Horse, Clown Director Cirque Du Soleil), Adrienne Kapstein (War Horse, Broadway), Yuval Boim (LISPA), and Virginia Scott (FizGig Studio).


ONE WEEK WORKSHOPS




RICHARD CRAWFORD
CHARACTER MASK
July 20th – 24th
A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater; using full-faced Larval and Expressive masks with MTS founder/director Richard Crawford


VIRGINIA SCOTT

CLOWN 1
July 27th – 31st
It’s your big chance to seek the source of your comic nature, connect to your playful spirit, and discover your clown! Virginia Scott – Discovering the Clown


RICHARD CRAWFORD

LECOQ 101
AUG 3rd – 7th
A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater; using full-faced Larval and Expressive masks with MTS founder/director Richard Crawford


VIRGINIA SCOTT
CLOWN 2
AUG 3rd – 7th
Pre-requisite: Clown 1.  Now let’s make some funny stuff to show the audience! The clowns develop material unique to them and each student walks away with 5 minutes of individual material!

NOTE: update on May 6th: if these summer classes can’t run because of extended gathering restrictions we will move everything online.

For additional information regarding the Summer Workshops Click Here!


ALSO – 6 dynamic online classes beginning May 18th.

Shadow Puppetry: Silhouettes in my Bedroom

Stories in Sound

Lecoq’s Twenty Movements: Adventures in (a tiny) Space

Mask Making/Play

The Ensemble Director

Physical Comedy

  Click Here for Information


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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – April 27, 2020

April 27th was a great night to be home watching the Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition Variety show. A wonderful lineup and so much talent on the screen. (Usually presented as a LIVE SHOW!)

Keith Nelson introduces the show and the evenings festivities.

Joe Barney performed a little ‘carny’ magic with 3 rubber frogs.

Olivia Porter performed a wonderful eccentric dance/mime performance piece with a beer bottle.

Catskill Kenny (Kenny Raskin) told a few corny jokes and then sang some wonderful songs with his ukulele. This song we could certainly enjoy now!

Dan Wasdahl performed several amazing stunts all at once. Juggling clubs, hula-hoop, spinning a ball on a mouth stick and Rolla-Bolla.

Host Keith Nelson introduced to the viewers an age-old stunt. The spinning top.

The Fleet Family 5 performed a straight jacket ‘mass-escape’ by the 3 boys. Put in the straight jackets and then into cardboard boxes and then taped shut! (they had flashlights!) They escaped quickly and with lots of ‘pizazz’.

Beth Beauary performed a beautiful aerial silk act.

Stephanie Monseu celestially invites the viewers to participate in an online survey.

Edge Szumowski performed a magical illuminated ‘chinese yoyo‘ act.

Adam Gertsakov performed the ‘The Barbie Oedipus”.

Keith attempts the Kendama-Blockhead stunt again! Maybe next week?

Gena Schvartsman Cristiani performed an amazing act with clubs, hats and balls.

Keith celebrated Ellia Bisker‘s birthday by playing ‘Happy Birthday’ on the nose flute.

And then (with the help of a confederate) gave Ellia a wonderful Bindlestiff tradition – Pie in the Face!

To make a donation (helps pay the performers who are currently our of work) please use the above modern methods of payment.

That’s all for now folks!

Tune in next Monday at 7:30 pm for another Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Variety Show!

Thanks for viewing the show and for donating to the cause.

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Celebration Barn announces cancellation of 2020 season

The theater in Paris, Maine forced to close due to pandemic.

Amanda Huotari, executive artistic director at Celebration Barn Theater in Paris, poses outside of the theater Friday. The organization has canceled programming this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo ©2020 – Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Reposted from The Sun Journal

PARIS — Celebration Barn Theater has canceled its programming for this year because artists from around the world can’t travel here and audiences can’t be close to each other because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Amanda Huotari, executive artistic director, said most of the theater’s revenue comes from hosting artists from around the world for workshops, residencies and performances.

“Over the past four weeks — it feels like four years — we really took the journey of feeling the heartbreak of having to cancel … It just felt that there really was no way we could move forward with programming this season with any certainty,” she said.

The announcement was posted Thursday on Facebook.

“We don’t know when our audiences are going to feel comfortable gathering again in close proximity, we don’t know when travel bans will make it possible for artists to travel, and for artists that are traveling in to do workshops, we don’t know if their loss of work is going to impact their ability to travel in the country right now. We knew that it would not be in the barn’s best interest or the communities’ best interest if we went forward and had a season.”

In its 47 years, Celebration Barn has never faced the complete cancellation of the season, and the future is unclear, she said.

“Financially it’s a real heavy lift to see a path forward,” Huotari said.

At the beginning of last year, a new financial gift program laid a sold financial foundation for the coming season. However, major concerns remain.

“We have never faced something like this before,” Houtari said. “Right now, we’re 100 percent in the throes of upheaval. We applied for emergency funding. We don’t know if our application is in the works, but the payroll protections funds have just run out, waiting to see if more become available.

She said in the coming weeks, the theater on Stock Farm Road will have a better idea of what it can do during the canceled season; if live-streamed shows are still a possibility, or online workshops and learning opportunities. But the real focal point is the 2021 season, and if the appetite of audiences will be changed moving forward. – “ I think that we really will have an opportunity to respond to the way in which the world has shifted in response to this experience, and the way the needs of our artists and audiences have changed … people are going to be hungry for different things, and I think we really have an opportunity to respond to that,” she said.

Traditionally, performances happen in close proximity, as do workshops. But Huotari said avenues might open for more spaced-out, inventive performances.

“Our expertise is really in the area of getting people together for an immediate theater experience,” she said. “While our history with doing that generally in a room in close proximity to each other, we’ve also done theater safaris where the audience travels around our property to various experiences, where storytellers are in trees and dancers are in fields. … We’re also well equipped to think outside the box. We’ll be looking for ways to bring people together to feel the immediacy of that human connection but it may be in ways unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

Though many patrons and artists understood the need to shut down this season, some were apprehensive. Huotari said if COVID-19 and all the restrictions associated with it dissipate soon, the theater is in a position to act.

“We’re small and we’re nimble,” she said. “If things do change and we do see opportunity in the coming months, we’ll be able to respond to that really quickly. I’d love to think that there’s a chance we’ll be able to get audiences in the barn this year, but it’s going to take a rapidly improving global condition for that to be possible.”

Until the global situation reaches relative normalcy, the barn is going to need some help. After announcing the cancellation, Huotari said PayPal donations started coming in within minutes. “If any folks are in a position to make a contribution … we would be most grateful for gifts now, as they matter more than ever,” she said.

For now, though, the focus has to be on coming strong in 2021.“Our No. 1 priority is securing the future of the Celebration Barn. And all eyes are on 2021, and what we have to do to come back with a full season,” she said.

You can visit their website to make a Donation!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Luca Lombardo – Quick Change!

I met Luca online as he was perusing the internet for historical information on the art of Quick Change. I had begun writing a book in 1989 title “Quick Change in American Vaudeville” which I researched for over 3 years and had accumulated many volumes of xerox copies (Pre-Internet days).

Having posted a few items on this blog Luca was interested in finding out more about the American history of Quick Change. He is from Naples and only knew the artist from his country and Europe. I emailed him and we set up a time/date for an interview. I thought using Zoom would be great. He agreed but then we realized his English wasn’t up to par (and my Italian was terrible!) to do a thorough interview. I then emailed him the questions I wanted to ask him and he answered them in text. Here is the interview and a video clip of our attempt at a Zoom interview. Along with some videos of his performances.

Interview with Luca Lombardo

Q: You are a magician, quick-change artist, magician, and clown. Can you give us a little history about these skills and where you acquired them? What schools you attended or what teachers you studied with?  

Luca: When I discovered the art of magic I was 15 years old and it really moved me. I studied every kind of magic for many years attending workshops and conferences of worldwide fame magicians. I decided it was my path when I watched Arturo Brachetti’s theatrical show. So I studied clownery both in Italy and abroad while I was practicing my magic tricks. I came up with the idea of a quick-change act with magic tricks. At first, I started only as a magician I then evolved in time as a clown developing a much deeper understanding of the audience. 

Q: Can you tell us about your thoughts regarding the mixing of all these wonderful disciplines?

 Luca: You can use as many tools and disciplines as you acknowledge to tell a story. The message is important. I love being and playing the clown because it is the closest to the truth, you can’t lie to your audience. However, my character is not a pure clown and I like to use my character to create my story.

Q: In a few articles I have read they refer to you as “The Crazy Performer”. Can you tell me why you got that title from the press? 

Luca: I got this nickname because I always tried to overthrow all theatrical rules still existing in the conservative Italian theatre scene. 

Q: I read a quote that mentioned ‘Fregolian Transformation”. Can you tell us what that is?

Luca: The Fregolian Transformation is a transformation not only in the clothes but also in the character, the moves, the attitude. In my act, there is a story and I have to change character not only a costume. In the Russian quick-change instead, the artist changes the only costume and the effort is more in the choreography of it, the story is less important.

Q: While you were in Rome a few years ago you met with Augusto Fornari who helped you write your current show: “Poubelle – Magic Beyond Imagination”. He also directed you in this new show. Can you tell us about the work you did with him? 

Luca: Augusto Fornari is also a film director and he is a very much acclaimed artist in Italy. I owe him everything as he believed in my talent and my creativity since the beginning. We are friends and I am very happy to be his friend.

Q: One of the things I heard about your show was the importance of empathy. Can you tell us how important this emotion is for you in your work? 

Luca: Empathy is what makes an artist happy. I think an artist needs emotions and if you are able to pass these emotions on to your audience, those will come back to you and it probably means you did a good job! I like to gift my audience an emotional and maybe surreal performance. I feel more grateful when someone says you really moved me instead of appreciating how quickly I was with the changes.

Q: Why do you think “Poubelle” has been so successful?

Luca: The nice thing about ‘Poubelle’ is that despite the fact that the character never speaks, he still manages to reach everyone. Empathy with the public is certainly the key to the success of this character. It is not a traditional show but a story of my childhood, the story of my life. With my dress changes – from Peter Pan to Mary Poppins to Super Mario Bros – I am able to tell my world. And this world then becomes that of the spectator who identifies with Poubelle. The great success of this character makes it clear that we all need magic and to play again.

Q: What does magic represent for you?

Luca: Magic is the ability to bring others into your dream, into your world. Changing the world is becoming increasingly difficult, but each of us can create one of our own in which to transport people. The magician does this by profession

Q: What are you working on now? Any new shows? 
Luca: It is very hard to think about future projects right now with the ongoing virus outbreak. I am supposed to be on stage in France at the ‘Avignon Off Festival’ next July. If everything goes further I will preview a new interactive quick-change act where a member of the audience chooses the character I change into.


Poubelle is a multitalented show ( Without words) : magic, poetry, comedy, and solo quick change. In this video the quick change it’s in real-time NO EDITING


Photographs of Characters from Luca Lombardo’s show


For more information on Luca Lombardo check out his InstagramWebsiteYouTube Channel

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Mime Artist Gregg Goldston – Interview and photographs

Gregg Goldston performing his mime work at NY Downtown Clown Revue.


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Gregg Goldston performing his mime piece 'Digits'.

Gregg Goldston performing his mime piece 'Digits' at Downtown Clown RevueGregg Goldston performing his original solo piece ‘Digits’.

Gregg Goldston has performed for over 35 years as a professional mime artist.
Having worked with the master Marcel Marceau for over 20 years, he brings to his art a refined sense of professional talent. In this interview Gregg talks about his work, mime history and his relationship with Marcel Marceau.

Gregg Goldston’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Goldmime?feature=watch

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Vaudevisuals interview with Theodora Skipitares +

I met up with puppeteer/director/creator Theodora Skipitares whose new show “The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker” opened at LaMama ETC on Jan. 23rd, 2020. I also interview the composer LaFrae Sci and the Choreographer Edisa Weeks.

From the ‘press release: a multi-disciplinary spectacle with a marching band, dancers, 12-foot puppets, shadow puppetry and moving projection screens. The band is an award-winning group, the Soul Tigers, young men and women who attend Benjamin Banneker High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Also featured are the Banneker Dancers.

For more information/tickets

Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street

Thursday to Saturday at 7 PM; Sunday at 3 PM

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