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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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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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Photography Year in Review

Check out Vaudevisuals.com – Feburary 2016 Review today!

Vaudevisuals.comFeb/2016 Postings from Vaudevisuals.com

THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – RUSSIAN CLOWN BY OLEG POPOV

WILLIAM CASTLE’S 1974 FILM “SHANKS” WITH MARCEL MARCEAU

THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “LE CENTRE DU SILENCE WORKBOOK”

UNTITLED THEATER COMPANY NO. 61 – PAUL AUSTER’S NOVEL “CITY OF GLASS”

LAMAMA COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #131 – MABOU MINES

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH EDWARD EINHORN – ‘CITY OF GLASS’

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JAMES HILLIER – DIRECTOR OF “INSIGNIFICANCE”

 VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH ANNE HAMBUGER – ENGARDE ARTS

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Tomorrow will feature the March postings from 2016.

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Clown Comedy Mask Performing Arts Photography Physical Theater

IN/SIGHTS – Carlo Mazzone Clementi – Commedia

Carlo Mazzone Clementi

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From Wikipedia.

Carlo Mazzone-Clementi (12 December 1920 – 5 November 2000) was a performer and founder of two schools of commedia, mime and physical theater as well as a contemporary and colleague of leaders of modern European theater. From his arrival in the USA in 1957, he was largely responsible for the spreading of commedia dell’arte in North America.

He first gained attention in Italy in 1947 alongside Marcel Marceau in the mime’s first tour outside of Paris. From 1948 to 1951, he assisted Jacques Lecoq, while Lecoq taught and directed the Players of Padua University. In 1954, Mazzone-Clementi was at Piccolo Teatro di Milano with Dario Fo and Franca Rame.[1]

While he was performing with Piccolo Teatro as well as teaching in Rome, the American theatre scholar and director Eric Bentley came to Italy to direct the Padua Players company in the first Italian production of Bertolt Brecht. Then, with Bentley’s patronage, Mazzone-Clementi toured the United States in 1958, conducting workshops in mime and commedia, and introducing the leather masks of Amleto Sartori to this country. That led to a teaching assignment at theCarnegie Institute of Technology, followed by Brandeis University, the University of California at Berkeley, the American Conservatory Theater and others.[2] He was known as Carlo Mazzone until 1965 when he worked with the new acting ensemble at the Theatre of Lincoln Center. From then on he was known as Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. Clementi was the name of his mother and his grandfather, Girolamo Clementi, who was versed in the work of Paduan playwright and forerunner of commedia dell’arte, Angelo Beolco, known as “Ruzzante.”

In 1972, Mazzone-Clementi and his wife Jane Hill, a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon, went to Humboldt County, California to conduct summer workshops at their rural property. From this experience came the decision to re-locate permanently in Humboldt and to establish a full-time actor training program. In 1974, the couple purchased the Oddfellows Hall in Blue Lake, California and co-founded the Dell’Arte School of Mime and Comedy, now known as theDell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Hill also joined the faculty at College of the Redwoods, where the pair created the Grand Comedy Festival at Qual-a-wa-loo, a summer repertory festival that produced plays of Shakespeare in rotation with musical adaptations of those plays; Mazzone-Clementi served as the festival’s artistic director for six years.[3] In 1974 their article, “Commedia and the Actor” was published in The Drama Review TDR (journal).

Mazzone-Clementi moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1984 and founded a second sister theater school there, named the Commedia School.[4] In 1994 returned to California and continued teaching until shortly before his death on 5 November 2000 in San Francisco.

I will post another ‘special’ edition on Carlo (with additional photographs taken in the studio)  in 2017 with interviews with Hovey Burgess, Stanley Allan Sherman and a few others who knew him well.

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Book Shelf Comedy Film Mime Performing Arts Puppetry

William Castle’s 1974 film “Shanks” with Marcel Marceau

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Marcel Marceau performs in William Castle’s 1974 horror film about puppetry.


A revenge-driven puppeteer applies his talent to humans in this supernatural horror film.

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Wikipedia says:
“Shanks is a 1974 American horror film about a puppeteer able to manipulate dead bodies like puppets. Mime Marcel Marceau, in his first major film role, plays the titular Malcolm Shanks. It was the last film directed by producer-director William Castle. Marceau, who had for decades before performed in his signature white face makeup and without speaking, both spoke and appeared without makeup for this film. He played two roles: Malcolm Shanks, who could not speak, and Old Walker, who could. He had appeared in 20 shorts and films in small and cameo roles, often as his mime character Bip. Director William Castle took an interest in him after watching him perform the pantomime “Youth, Maturity, Old Age and Death” and approached him with the script for Shanks, saying it dealt with similar themes. Said Marceau of the script, “it was exactly what I had been looking for.”

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Book Shelf Bouffon Mask Mime

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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2013 – Highlights of the Year

Below is a list of ‘Highlights’ from the 2013 posts.

The categories are all here. Vaudevisuals Interviews, Clown UnMask, Performance documentation, Silent Movies etc.

November 2013 marked the 4th Year Anniversary of Vaudevisuals.com. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

 

Tammy Faye Starlite @ Joe’s Pub

 Circus Panel Discussion – From Egypt to Eloise @ La Maison Francaise.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Talking about Santa

Vaudevisuals Interview with Phoebe Legere

Vaudevisuals Interview with storyteller Slash Coleman

1922 Max Fleischer Animation – Koko Bubbles

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ryan Landry – The Gold Dust Orphans

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Bushwick Starr Artistic Director – Noel Allain

 ‘tinydangerousfun’ at Cloud City

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting

 Scandinavian Clown group ‘Member of our Limbs’ performs at Amuse Bouche

 ‘The Sister Rosettas’ perform at IRT Theater

 Vaudevisuals interview with Celebration Barn board member Fritz Grobe

 Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain

 Vaudevisuals interview with actor Jeremy Crutchley and director Geoffrey Hyland

 Vaudevisuals interview with Josh Luxenberg – Co-founder of The Tank

Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – ‘Magnetic Field Theater Company’

Kinematik Dance Company performs at The Fringe Festival

Vaudevisuals Interview with Lone Wolf Tribe Artistic Director Kevin Augustine

Vaudevisuals interview with Svea Schnider – Kinematik Dance Company

Vaudevisuals interview with ‘La Piara’ – Mexico City based Clown Troupe

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs DVD Curator

Alfred Hitchcock’s films BLACKMAIL and EASY VIRTUE.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Clay McCleod Chapman

Charlie Chaplin’s first silent film “Making a Living”.

“Juggle This” – Miller Theater @ Columbia University

Vaudevisuals Interview with Gregg Mozgala – Apothetae Theater Company

“Strange for Hire” at Times Scare with Todd Robbins

Kawana Trio – Foot Jugglers circa 1919.

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Tom Murrin Performance Awards @ Dixon Place

The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco from Mexico

Vaudevisuals interview with Rob Drummond – Bullet Catch @ 59E59 Theaters

PS122 ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ at Abrons Arts Center

Pierre Etaix films @ Film Forum

Vaudephone – Michael Townsend Wright performing ‘Smith and Dale’.

Vaudevisuals interview with Kendall Cornell – Oil of Ole’.

The Clown Un_Mask – Avner the Eccentric

Vaudevisuals interview with Armitage Shanks

Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at Signature Theater

Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999

Vaudevisuals interview with performance group ANIMALS.

Vaudevisuals interview with magician Albert Cadabra

PS 122 – COIL FESTIVAL – The Curator’s Piece -Video excerpt

Vaudevisuals interview with Nancy Giles

Peggy Shaw solo performance at Dixon Place – “RUFF”…

The Big Apple Circus _ LEGENDARIUM _ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 

 

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Bill Bowers – Mime

Revisiting Bill Bowers 2013 Interview!

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Bill Bowers is a mime!

Bill Bowers performs as a mime.

He teaches mime and writes shows that are mime shows and some that use mime.

His work has been reviewed by the NYTimes:

“When he ventures into darker territory, this one-man show comes alive.”

“deeply moving and displays Mr. Bowers at his best in both word and action.”

It was very nice to meet and interview Bill at one of his classes to NYU today. He talks about his life, work and upcoming show.

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His one-man show Beyond Words” will be presented at United Solo Festival For One Night Only

October 5th, 2015 @ 9pm

 

More information and tickets for his upcoming show can be had here.

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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