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Tribute to Bradley Fields – Magician, director, and mime.

BRADLEY FIELDS

I had known Bradley for many years. Ever since he returned from his studies with master mime Etienne Decroux in Paris. We stayed in touch and spoke on the phone periodically during the last few years. He was living near Washington DC. I was producing/shooting some video interviews for my blog post on Jack Adams. Bradley was in NY visiting the APAP conference and came over for the interviews that are posted here.

A wonderful person and charming performer. R.I.P. Bradley Fields.


. Bradley as the ‘barker’ in the Broadway show ‘Barnum’ that Opened in 1980.


Bradley spent a few years as an assistant to magician Jack Adams. Here is an interview I did with Bradley about his time with Jack.


Bradley Fields at the APAP convention promoting all his shows. 





This is a link to Bradley Fields website!

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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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Vaudevisuals Interview Waterfront Barge Museum Women

Vaudevisuals interview with Brave New World Rep’s Claire Beckman – Arthur Miller’s “The Hook”

The staged readings of The Hook serve as kickoff of BNW’s Arthur Miller Red Hook Festival 2019, which also features a return engagement of their sold-out, acclaimed 2018 production of A View From The Bridge in September 2019.

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The Waterfront Museum

290 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND

A 2pm Sunday Matinee of  THE HOOK  Has been ADDED!

Tickets for the 2pm Sunday Matinee

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Vaudevisuals Interview Women

Vaudevisuals interview with Mark Lonergan – Director of Big Apple Circus

Vaudevisuals’ Karen Jenson interviews Big Apple Circus director Mark Lonergan.

Sitting in the tent at Lincoln Center was especially nice with the crew setting up.

For more information/tickets!

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Book Shelf Performing Arts Photography Vaudevisuals Bookshelf

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Jean Cocteau – A Life”

Jean Cocteau - A Life

This passionate and monumental biography reassesses the life and legacy of one of the most significant cultural figures of the twentieth century.

Unevenly respected, easily hated, almost always suspected of being inferior to his reputation, Jean Cocteau has often been thought of as a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. In this landmark biography, Claude Arnaud thoroughly contests this characterization, as he celebrates Cocteau’s “fragile genius—a combination almost unlivable in art” but in his case so fertile.

Arnaud narrates the life of this legendary French novelist, poet, playwright, director, filmmaker, and designer who, as a young man, pretended to be a sort of a god, but who died as a humble and exhausted craftsman. His moving and compassionate account examines the nature of Cocteau’s chameleon-like genius, his romantic attachments, his controversial politics, and his intimate involvement with many of the century’s leading artistic lights, including Picasso, Proust, Hemingway, Stravinsky, and Tennessee Williams. Already published to great critical acclaim in France, Arnaud’s penetrating and deeply researched work reveals a uniquely gifted artist while offering a magnificent cultural history of the twentieth century.

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Claude Arnaud is a writer and recipient of the 2006 Prix Femina Essai. He lives in Paris, France. Lauren Elkin is a lecturer in English and comparative literature at the American University of Paris. Charlotte Mandell is an award-winning translator of more than thirty books.
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American Mime Theatre Mime Photography

Paul J. Curtis – Founder of The American Mime Theatre – 1927-2012

In loving Memory of
Paul J. Curtis
1927–2012 
 
Paul J Curtis
Founder and Director of 
The American Mime Theatre

Paul J. Curtis (August 29, 1927– April 28 2012) was an American actor, mime, director and founder of The American Mime Theatre. He created the medium known as American Mime.

He said, “American Mime is a complete theatre medium defined by its own aesthetic laws, terminology, techniques, script material and teaching methods. Basically, it is a medium for non-speaking actors who perform, in characterization, the symbolic activities of American Mime plays through movement that is both telling and beautiful.”

On April 7, 1952 Curtis established his theater company, The American Mime Theatre, in New York City. It remains the oldest continually functioning mime theatre in the world. The work of The American Mime Theatre has been commended by Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.

Born in Boston, Mr. Curtis served in the Navy in World War II. He studied with the notable German director Erwin Piscator from 1947–49. Later, he went to Paris and studied with Etienne Decroux. He founded American Mime, Inc. and International Mimes & Pantomimists. In addition to teaching at his own school, Mr. Curtis was chairman of the mime department at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 1956–71. He also taught American Mime at many institutions including Cornell University, Bennington College, Goodman School of Drama, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and The Leonardos in Paris. He and his company created more than 30 original plays for the medium of American Mime. He was a member of AEA, AFTRA, and the National Movement Theater Association.

He is missed by thousands of students and audiences throughout the world, who he moved deeply with his teaching and performances… Paul J. Curtis, a man who lived moment to moment with unwavering uncompromising untamed deepness of heart .

The history of American Mime is available to the public at the following libraries: Harvard College, Yale University,Cornell University,The Players ,Lincoln Center Research

Reviews:
“Paul Curtis and his American Mime Theatre have brought to the concert stage a new medium so fresh in approach, so studied in discipline and so exciting to, see that it must be destined to affect the entire approach to the art of Mime. It cannot be described as founding itself of the French school of Marceau and Decroux because the art of these two gentlemen is self-indulgent and introspective when compared to the communication offered by this new form.” THE SPRINGFIELD NEWS

“Curtis is playing with fire and watching him you can feel the heat. Curtis’ contribution is valuable, engrossing, and totally serious and how many Mimes can make that claim.” WASHINGTON STAR

“It’s hard to categorize this group, but it is certain that Paul J Curtis & American Mime Theatre create their own classification.” DANCE MAGAZINE

“Curtis is making American audiences realize there is an important difference between a Pantomimist and a Mime.” DANCE MAGAZINE

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WORDS ABOUT AMT BY JIM R.MOORE

I came to the American Mime Theater more than 30 years ago and took classes with Paul J. Curtis. He was an amazing man! His teaching techniques were very exciting and my experience in his class was life changing. I became the ‘photographer-in-resience’ and  knowing the discipline enabled me to capture memorable images of the company performing. Different plays in many venues for over 20 years being AMT’s photog.

My life revolved around the American Mime Theatre for many years and enriched it enormously!

Go to this link to view some of the photographs I took.

I miss Paul J Curtis very much. He was and always will be one of my favorite mentors in my life!

RIP Paul.

 

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Clown Film Silent Film

1922 Max Fleischer animation – Koko Bubbles – “Out of the Inkwell” – Early example of hand drawn animation


Featuring Koko the Clown.
Max Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer Studios. He brought such animated characters as Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, Popeye, and Superman to the movie screen and was responsible for a number of technological innovations.
To watch the animation click ‘Continue Reading’.

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Performing Arts Photography Sideshow Variety Arts Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals Interview – Armitage Shanks – “The Carny Preacher”

Armitage Shanks - The Carny PreacherArmitage Shanks – Photographed by Cyrus Sky

A good friend(Zero Boy) let me use his apartment for this video interview of Armatage Shanks. Dark and moody lighting lends itself to this interview.

For more information on Armitage Shanks: http://www.bookofburlesque.com/armitage-shanks-the-carny-preacher/

Carnivalesque Poster