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Clown Comedy Commedia dell' Arte Mime Performing Arts Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Neil Arthur James

Multiple Award-Winning Show!


Thursday, Dec 12th @9pm – Saturday, Dec 14th @11pm – Monday, Dec 16th @7pm

Tickets can be purchased at SohoPlayhouse.com

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Clown Mime Performing Arts Physical Theater Vaudevisuals Bookshelf Writer

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – ‘Panto Damascus’ – Martin Ewen

One of the great entries posted in the Rob Torres Tribute Book was by a New Zealand writer. Martin Ewen. His book titled PANTO DAMASCUS is today’s pick!

Martin Ewen, an international clown soloist in search of structure, set out to compile an alphabet of experience.

Collecting a global alphabet of towns and cities over two decades, seeking out and finally securing the last seven letters took him ten years.

Once this arbitrary quest was fulfilled in 2009 he was again purposeless for two minutes.

His remedy is this book, a written memoir of his alphabetical compilation.

Motivational Propaganda by Michael Anthony Bonnici-Erichsen

 

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You can purchase this wonderful memoir here!

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Circus Coney Island USA Mask Performing Arts Puppetry Sideshow Tap Dance Variety Arts Video Women

The Seashore Variety Hour at Coney Island USA – August 1st, 2019

Steeplechase’s own ‘Funny Face’ (Brendan Schweda) the first to take the stage and introduce the show.

San Francisco based ‘chair stacking balance’ performer MeeZee hosted the evening with Coney Island based sword swallowing, aerialist Wendy Blades.

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Featuring the other talents of Koo Koo The Bird Girl, Jelly the Clown and Rasutin’s Marionettes.

Koo Koo The Bird Girl started the show off with her wonderful eccentric act.

Koo Koo performed blind folded in an aerial hoop and was wonderful.

The Seashore Variety Hour had their clown act too! Jelly The Clown.

Jelly the Clown couldn’t seem to keep his red clown nose on so he nailed in to his skull.

Then Wendy Blades got dressed in a straight jacket (with the assistance of MeeZee) and escaped!

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MeeZee introduced Matt Scott Rasputin and his charming sideshow marionettes.

The finesse of Matt Scott Rasputin’s control over these puppets was wonderful. Here is the sword swallower wetting the sword before it goes down the hatch.

The ‘tap dancing dandy’ was amazing in how he kept the beat with his music and tap shoes.

Wendy Blades swallowed the sword as MeeZee watches in astonishment.

MeeZee performs one of his ‘impossible’ hand balancing feats on the stacked chairs.

Wendy closed the show with a ‘fast’ aerial rope spinning act.

For more information on The Seashore Variety Hour visit their site here!

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Book Shelf Comedy Mime

Richmond Shepard, the worldest oldest mime! R.I.P.

I met Richmond a few times during mime performances he did that I photographed. I always wanted to do an interview with him but we never met up. I knew many students of his that became members of his company. I had bought his book when I was studying mime in the late 1970’s. I think he deserves some serious attention by academics regarding his historical place in the time line of mime history in America. Below is a brief history of his achievements.

Richmond Shepard (born 24 April 1929 in New York City Died July 2, 2019) was an American writer, director, producer and mime with a 50-year history in entertainment. He was one of the oldest living working mimes in show business. He built, owned and operated his own theaters in Los Angeles on Theatre Row where he produced over 30 shows. He moved to New York and worked as a theatre and film critic for WNEW, conceived and directed the off-Broadway show Noo Yawk Tawk [1] at The Village Gate for three years. He has traveled across the world performing with mime troupes and performs improvisational comedy in various clubs around NYC as of March 2011. Richmond Shepard’s most recent role was when he played the “Sandman” in Fuzz on the Lens Productions fantasy comedy “Abnormal Attraction” starring Malcolm McDowell, Bruce Davison, Leslie Easterbrook, and Gilbert Gottfried which was released on February 26th 2019

Shepard previously owned The Writer Act Repertoire, an Off-Broadway theatre located at the original venue of The Vineyard Theater,[2] 309 East 26th Street, New York City, in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. Notable performances include the world premiere of Last Chance Romance by American playwright Sam Bobrick (June 2011) and a developmental staging of the comedy, Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon (March 2012). The theater has been renamed the Write Act Repertory Theatre, owned by Write Act Repertory.

Mime: The Technique of Silence by Richmond Shepard

FORTISSIMO – A Short Film from Noah Wagner on Vimeo.

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Mime Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Bill Bowers

ALL OVER THE MAP

50 states, 30 years on the road, 25 countries, 2 hookers, 1 bunny, and a mime.

Bill Bowers takes you places so unbelievable they could only be true. Bowers has performed on Broadway, at the Kennedy, the White House, and the finest grade school cafetoriums around the world. In ALL OVER THE MAP, he shares stories and characters that will stay with you long after lights up.

I had some time to talk to Bill about his upcoming show “All Over the Map” at my studio in Brooklyn. Here is the interview.

Fresh Fruit Festival

For more information/tickets go here!

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Cabaret Comedy Coney Island USA Dance Magic Mask Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview w/Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival

What happens when the sacred meets the sensual…
When ceremony meets performance…
Where the land meets the sea…

4th Annual Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival

Interview with co-artistic directors Nick Fracaro, Gabriele Schafer and producer Brendan Schweda.

PERFORMER LINE-UP

(click here for individual bios)

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

The Etiology of XOS :: by [/enormousface]
Romperselo/la/l@lx :: by Wit Lopez
bananas :: by bananas
Oedipus Muhfukuh :: by Sick Nick, the Bellevue Boy
Toque de queda :: by Fantasmal
Heaven and Hell :: by Aida Miro & Amanda Orlov
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Bing Bong: A Strange Ritual for You and Your Loved Ones :: by Everything is Fine
Conjuring :: by Tanya Solomon
Witch Hunt (Ritual Cannabalisimo) :: by PNK VLVT WTCH Ensemble
Photophillia RPG :: by Nunu Canal
Eating Air :: by Rebecca Sylvia Posner
The Goddess Project :: by Ren Gyo Soh
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Bouncing Betties :: by florkhis
Opium :: by The Butoh Rockettes
Face Your Face :: by Si GolraineAnjoli Chadha, Erica Chadha
Pillow Talk :: by Dimitri
She Poked a Bear :: by Wharton Tract
Polar Bear King :: by Amos Wengler
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill

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THE AUDIENCE TOO is encouraged to come be a part of the performance! Wear your most expressive/outrageous costume/look, and help celebrate the festival’s theme of TRANSFORMATION. An on-site makeover room will stand ready to accessorize willing participants, and photographer Kristopher Johnson will have a photo booth set-up during part of the festival. Expect a pageant & prizes!

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FOR ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE, CLICK HERE

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International Culture Lab (Nick Fracaro and Gabriele Schafer, Co-Artistic Directors; Brendan Schweda, Festival Producer) is a performing arts company dedicated to providing opportunities for artists from across the world to explore contemporary issues through jointly created projects. Renowned in its earlier history as Thieves Theatre, ICL interrogated the role of the Other in contemporary society with a series of controversial landmark productions: 1982 — Marat/Sade, together with On Our Own, a group of anti-psychiatry former mental patients; 1987 — Fassbinder’s “unproducible” Trash, the City, and Death; and 1990-93 — Nomad Monad: The Making of Thieves Theatre’s Last Stand for which the company’s directors erected a full-sized Lakota tipi replica, handmade from 78 US#3 mailbags, and lived/worked for three years in the then oldest Manhattan shantytown at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. intlculturelab.org

Check out the festival on Facebook!

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Coney Island USA exists to defend the honor of American popular culture through innovative exhibitions and performances. Presenting and producing exciting new works, the organization’s approach is rooted in mass culture and the traditions of P.T. Barnum, dime museums, burlesque, circus sideshows, vaudeville, and Coney Island itself. Serving both New York City and an international community that includes visitors to Coney Island and enthusiasts of various cultural forms, Coney Island USA’s signature activities include the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, and new theatrical work. coneyisland.com!

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Mime Performing Arts Story Teller Video

Bill Bowers – On Mime and Silence – From PBS

A wonderful interview with mime artist Bill Bowers. Originally posted on PBS.

Bill has a great tour coming up. Here is his schedule.

For more information on Bill Bowers visit his website here

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Broken Box Mime Theater – ‘SKIN’

 

The Award-Winning Broken Box Mime Theater

Returns Off-Broadway With

SKIN

An All-New Collection of Original Shorts

With Heart and Humor

Previews Begin January 18th

Opening January 24th

At The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre

at the A.R.T./New York Theatres

The Innovative Theatre Award-winning Broken Box Mime Theater will premiere Skin, a new collection of short plays set to music, beginning January 18, 2019, at the A.R.T./New York Theatres Off-Broadway.

Created by BKBX’s resident ensemble, the plays take French pantomime and reimagines it through a contemporary American lens.

Artistic Director Becky Baumwoll leads a cast that includes Nick Abeel, Duane Cooper, Blake Habermann, David Jenkins, Marissa Molnar, Joél Pérez, Regan Sims, and Matt Zambrano. Additional company members of BKBX include Géraldine Dulex, Ismael Castillo, Dinah Berkeley, and Tasha Milkman.

Skin will feature Celebrity Guest Star, “in which a popular sitcom is forced to carry the burden of a truly humorless guest actor”; the “fierce competition of impressive manscaping” in The 16th Annual Brooklyn Beard AwardsHashtag, ”exploring the gray areas of consent and memory on a first date”; and Fall From Grace, “the attempt of a young man to revise memories of his misogynistic father in the #MeToo era.”

Lighting design is by Jamie Roderick, and Esti Bernstein serves as stage manager.

For more information/tickets go here.

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Mime Performing Arts Video

Marcel Marceau – A Mime’s Silent Resistance

Great Big Story

Marcel Marceau has become legendary as one of the greatest mimes of all time. But, before he cemented his place in performance history, Marceau’s knack for performing made him a unique asset to French resistance against Nazi forces during World War II. As the story goes, Marceau helped a group of children escape Nazi-occupied France by using his skills of mimicry to safely lead them into Switzerland.

Reposted from Great Big Story (dot) com

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Gregg Goldston – Mime performance during credits and voice-overs.

 

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The NYC Physical Comedy Lab

The NYC Physical Comedy Lab —or “fiz com lab” for short— is not a class, not a workshop, but a jam of practitioners in a field that includes clowns, circus and variety artists, dancers, mimes, comic actors, etc.  Different people come each week, and out-of-town guests are always welcome. We share warmups, games, improvs, skills, gags, and works-in-progress. Very little is planned, every week is different, but usually, one idea leads to another to another and we arrive somewhere new. 

We usually create some kind of a scenario by the end of the 3 hours combining the skills worked on that day.
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I think of it as a research lab, meaning we are free to explore whatever without the time constraints of a workshop intensive or of a show about to open. We don’t have to jump to a final product but can just aimlessly play with objects and movement to see what we might discover.  During Jim’s visit, we did a warmup with different people leading different stretches, then played a wild and wacky movement game involving all kinds of objects and patterns, then had a knife-throwing lesson from magician Ben Robinson, which had everyone channeling their inner Jim Bowie or Davy Crockett.
Then we continued last week’s experiment with repeating patterns of people and objects passing through our MTW (modular trickwork wall), only this time we transferred the concept to more of a story, a sort of human Rube Goldberg machine, a high-speed mechanical restaurant with Ben Model as our repeat customer. 
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For more information and location of the lab check out the Facebook Page HERE!
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