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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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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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Mime Performing Arts Photography

Enter in Silence – Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999

Marcel Marceau teaches a workshop in mime at City Center.

Presenting a gesture to the class of students at City Center.

One of the moments while explaining the mime technique he was teaching.

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COMMENTS BY MARCEL MARCEAU STUDENTS

Gregg Goldston

Gregg Goldston And Marcel Marceau

Gregg Goldston and Marcel Marceau

I worked closely with Marcel Marceau for 21 years.  I was fortunate enough to not only study under him, but later perform as an Assistant for his One Man show, and play a lead role in his final Company production that played in Boston in 2004.  Having hosted five 2-week Marceau Summer Intensives at my School for Mimes in Ohio that spanned from 1986 to 1995, I watched how his teach evolved in his later years.

 By the time of this workshop Jim Moore photographed at City Center, Marceau was at the peak of his teaching.  This was due his efforts to codify “his” grammar that he had developed throughout his career, but had never completely organized.  This effort made his teaching much clearer, and also enabled him to structure more complex material into the adagios he presented in classes.  During these years, the work moved beyond technical, illusionary work and more towards mime acting studies.

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For me, the most valuable part of being in the classroom with him, (and what should be able to be studied in Moore’s photos here) is the analysis of his style from various angles.  Meaning this: Looking at Marceau from the front – you see only the magic.  Looking at Marceau from the side, you see the work.  Note that his balance points are always on his heels, keeping his weight “off of his toes” like where a dancer would balance.  This technique which moves from the “floor up – out through the arm – then into the public’s lap” is what I call “The Marceau.”  He told me he invented this style of stage projection by combining what he learned from Chaplin with the fact that he had to perform solo on a stage for 3,000 people a night.

Gregg Goldston, Mime

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Janet Carafa

Marcel Marceau and Janet Carafa at City Center Studios
Marcel Marceau and Janet Carafa at City Center Studios

To Marcel Marceau Master of Silence

Marcel Marceau was not only world renowned but such a giving teacher and director with endless energy and passion for the art form. He so generously offered his mastery; expressing shifts of emotion and character, quality of movement and a flying spirit that continues to touch hearts and embrace the world audience. He is missed dearly. I had the great gift of being a student of the master mime .

It was a one day workshop with Marcel Marceau in at City Center 1999.   There were about 75  of  us there.  Mimes came from all over the country.  Here was another opportunity to spend the day with the Master of Mime.  All of us were diligently warming up in the studio getting sweaty and stretching and exercising to prep for the workshop.  There were acrobats, dancers, actors and experienced mimes as well…. students with varying physical backgrounds..

He came in and stood watching us.  I looked at him closely.  His feet, already in a graceful fourth position, shifted slightly as if to embrace the ground,  and with a gentle breath his upper body seemed to expand to fill the room.  He made an almost imperceptible back tilt with his upper body . His chest and rib cage and his heart expanded.  He was already energized.  That was it for him.  He took the stage.  He filled the space.

He showed us greed and joy and fear and every emotion.   His clear motions came from inside out — from deep within and the entire room seemed to change color as he changed his expression.  I was standing only 3 feet in front of him.  Seeing him so close up was such an inspiring experience.  I try to express the emotion as he does it…   From toes to fingertips, arms, legs, body, face – but physicality was not the way..    “Immmpossssible!!”  he said when I just didn’t get it .  And he showed us again – his physical body expressed greed as if saturated by the inner emotion … and as I watched him , the world kept changing colors in front of my eyes.  It was much more than motion.  He shifted the entire atmosphere.

Merci Monsieur!   |
I miss  you ,
Janet

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Marcel Marceau Program from 1958 at City Center, NYC
Marcel Marceau Program from 1958 at City Center, NYC

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Reviews of MARCEL MARCEAU

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/19/nyregion/public-lives.html?ref=marcelmarceau

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/20/arts/performance-art-review-illuminating-a-vast-realm-of-the-invisible.html?ref=marcelmarceau

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/22/arts/performance-art-review-the-wiggle-of-a-finger-says-a-lot.html?ref=marcelmarceau

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/28/theater/theater-review-marceau-stuck-inside-a-hat-says.html?ref=marcelmarceau

His company performing in NY in 2000.

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/13/magazine/the-way-we-live-now-5-13-01-questions-for-marcel-marceau-marceau-talks.html?ref=marcelmarceau

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Performing Arts Year in Review

2012 – The Vaudevisuals Year in Review

Rob Torres performs in the streets of Paris, France

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2013 Promises to be a great year for Variety Arts and especially Vaudevisuals.com

We will have a NEW LAYOUT that will be much easier to peruse and link to other social media.

Here is an partial  list of some of the postings that were done in 2012.

If you want to see more of what happened click on the month you want to explore on the right column where the months are itemized.

THANK YOU FOR READING   VAUDEVISUALS.COM

Hope to see to see you back here in 2013!

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The 5th Annual ‘Cirque Off’ – Triskelion Arts – Jan. 21st, 2012

Bob Greenberg in ‘Accept No Imitations’ – A Vaudephone Presentation

Jan 2012 – New York Downtown Clown Revue at Dixon Place

Scott Baker – A Video Interview and More….

Hilary Chaplain in “Cirque de So What  – A Vaudephone Presentation

Fay Glassman Duo – An Interview with Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman

2012 Edition of The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – At Dixon Place

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus – Only $10. March 1st Show

Solomon – The Peculiarist – A Vaudephone Presentation

Harley Newman – “Extreme Stunt Master” – A Video Interview

The Loose Caboose – Un Vaudeville Spectacle @ Bowery Poetry Club

Lon Chaney/Tod Browning – A Silent Film Night at Dixon Place

Rebecca Joy Fletcher sings “Oy Madagaskar” – A Vaudephone Presentation

International Mime Festival – London – Opens Jan 11th

Farewell to Grandma (aka Barry Lubin)

Zero Boy – The Crazy Car Driver – A Vaudephone Presentation

LEO – Mind Bending Physical Theatre – An Interview with Tobias Wegner

Shane Bertram Baker – The Lady with the Dog – A Vaudephone Presention

The Clown Un_Mask – Kevin C. Carr

The Clown Un_Mask – Peter Daniel Straus

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – @ Dixon Place

Mime Artist – Gregg Goldston – Interview and photographs

‘tinydangerousfun’

Jason Trachtenberg sings “You’re a Winner” – A Vaudephone Presention’

March 2012 – New York Downtown Clown Revue at Dixon Place

Mr. Aviner’s Variety Hour – At Dixon Place – April 27th and 28th

Tribute to Tom Murrin – aka The Alien Comic

The Clown Un_Mask – Chris Allison

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret @ Dixon Place

The Clown Un_Mask – Jeff Hess

Al Duval -the Monotone Baritone – A Vaudephone Presenation

‘tinydangerousfun’ Feb 28th

Sweet Soubrette – Singing ‘Petit Souris’ – A Vaudephone Presentation

Tiger Palast – International Variete Theatre – Frankfurt, Germany

Triskelion Arts Presents “Hanukkauction” – A Night of Untamed Revelry

Bouffon Glass Menajoree – at the Brick Theater

The Clown Un_Mask – Helen Donnelly, Toronto Canada

Cirque d’Hiver – Paris, France

MUMMENSCHANZ opens in NYC – Skirball Center for the Arts

 

 

 

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Feb. 2011 – NY Downtown Clown Revue at Dixon Place

The NEW YORK Downtown Clown Revue

A wonderful evening of wild performers!

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AUDREY CRABTREE

It is Valentine’s Day and surprises are at hand!

Chomping on piece of candy after a little let down!

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Clean up time!

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KARIM MUASHER

A trainer and her zombie assistant show off their act.

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THE GAME!

Christopher Lueck ready for THE GAME!

What a mess it got to. It was worth it!

Helping the audience get clean.

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Christopher introduces the final act of the evening.

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GREGG GOLDSTON

Performs his piece ‘DIGITS’.

A dark, sardonic, brilliant piece of movement theatre.

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MISS SATURN

Miss Saturn’s homage to B52’s Music!

Miss Saturn shaking up the audience.

The two other performers in the group were performed by wigs!

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Curtain Call

Next Clown Revue: March 21st, 2011 – 7:30pm

At: DIXON PLACE

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All Photographs © 2011 Jim Moore