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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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Mime Performing Arts Photography Video

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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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 Bookshelf – ‘Apostles of Silence’ by Mira Felner

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“I find ‘Apostles of Silence‘ indispensable when I am trying to describe (which surprisingly is pretty often) the different schools of movement (mime) that influence my own work and that of many of the great directors and actors of our time. Clearly written and a brilliant tool for comparison of these distinct approaches.”

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Go here to purchase this ‘out of print’ book.

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American Mime Theatre Mime Photography

Celebrating The American Mime Theatre

65 YEARS!

“Hurly Burly” – with Paul J Curtis, Rick Wessler, and Charley Barney

The photograph was taken at The American Mime Theatre Studio.

The American Mime Theatre, Company and School, New York City, celebrated their 65th Anniversary on  April 7, 2017.  It all began in 1952 when a young 24-year-old, Paul J. Curtis, graduating as a theater Director from the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research (NYCity) and trained by Erwin Piscatory.  He went to Europe to explore different theater forms and he was disturbed by the arbitrary separation of acting and dance.  Returning to the United States, he thought it would be interesting to present to American actors a project of Mime to demonstrate its potential and to correct the limitations of the medium practiced by the French School of Mime.  Forming a Company of 5 actors and 5 dancers they began to work on the project and created a Repertory of plays to present their new works in a concert at the 92nd Street Y, New York City.  The audience’s response to the concert was strong, and the Company decided to continue with the work (creating plays for a Repertory and codifying the teaching methodology of this new kind of Mime, a performing art, which would be named “American Mime”.

The American Mime Theatre at 61 Fourth Avenue, NY NY 10003

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Mime Performing Arts Photography Physical Theater Story Teller

In/Sights – Moore Photographs – Daniel Stein

Photographic Flashbacks

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Excerpt from my book IN/SIGHTS – Photographs by Jim Moore

Published in 1988 by Mime Journal – Pomona College

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In/Sights – Moore Photographs – Thomas Leabhart

Photographic Flashbacks:

Tom Leabhart

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Excerpt from my book: In/Sights – Moore Photographs

Published 1988 by Mime Journal/Pomona College, Ca.

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1974 International Mime Festival in LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Noel Parenti in the role of "Star Ranger".
Noel Parenti in the role of “Star Ranger” performs at international gathering of mime artists at Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. (©2016 Bill Ray)

 

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The LaCrosse festival was a ‘highlight’ in the ever growing interest in mime and movement arts. The list of performer/teachers at this festival follows:

Dimitri from Switzerland; Menagerie Mime Theatre from San Francisco; Mamako from Tokyo; Noel Parenti from San Francisco; Peter Franklin-White with members of the Elmhurst Ballet School from Surrey, England; Ladislav Fialka and hisTheatre on the Balustrade from Prague; Carlo Mazzone-Clementi from California; Antonin Hodek also from California; Lotte Goslar and her Pantomime Circus from New York; Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell from San Francisco; the Charles Weidman Dance Company from New York; Yass Hakoshima from Japan; Ctibor Turba from Prague; Samuel Avital from Israel and Colorado; Mummenschanz from Switzerland; Geoffrey Buckley from England; The Friends Roadshow from Michigan; and Pierre Byland and Philippe Gaulier, from Switzerland and France.

For a good read about what this festival was about check out John Towsen’s blog ALL FALL DOWN.

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The Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Le Centre du Silence Workbook” by Samuel Avital

Originally published in 1975, this book was a cornerstone for many students of mime in the 1970’s.

Written by Samuel Avital, a student of Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau, Jean Louis Barrault and Maximilien Decroux.

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Capturing Clowns – Dance Magazine article April 1983

Not to get reminiscent about the past but here is an article published in Dance Magazine in April 1983.

Titled “Capturing Clowns”.  Featuring my photographs of performing artists.

Dance Magazine April 1983

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Most of my work at the time was done in studios since I was working a ‘night shift’ job at a photo lab and had access to rental studios.

The first picture above is a studio photograph of MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ award winner Michael Moschen. Juggler/Inventor/director.

Second is ventriloquist/actor David Strassman taken with his friend ‘Chuck Wood’. David has created some brilliant videos and inventions in the ventriloquist genre.

The third picture is one of the first photographs taken of Big Apple Circus founders Paul Binder and Michael Christensen upon their return to New York from traveling thru European circus juggling as a duo.

Portrait photographer Gordon Munro took the photograph of me with the flower.

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