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Mime Radio Podcast Video Women

Introducing ‘Mime Radio Podcast’ online!

Karen Hoyer, James Donlon, and the producer Michael Dias interview working artists in the international world of physical theatre.  They are posted every two weeks. The first one is Bill Bowers and can be seen here or on the MRP website.

This and all upcoming episodes can be seen on the website.

Here is a list of the 1st Season’s upcoming interviews.

#2 Karen Montanaro July 5


#3 Geoff Hoyle July 19


#4 The Chameleons Aug 2 (Sharon Diskin & Keith Berger)

#5 Bob Francesconi Aug 16 (Former Master teacher at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts)

#6 Joan Schirle Aug 30 (Dell’Arte International)


#7 The Adaptors Sept 13 (Kari Margolis & Tony Brown)

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Announcing the 3rd World Mime Conference ~ 12/10/20 ~ Online

FREE REGISTRATION for the 3rd WORLD MIME CONFERENCE is now OPEN! The conference will take place from December 10th to 13th ONLINE. It is organized by the World Mime Organisation in partnership with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Shanghai International Comedy Festival. Just fill the form…

The program will be announced this week. We will have 4 discussions, 3-4 workshops, and a ceremony. All will be online.

For Additional Information/To Fill Out the Form

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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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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – April 27, 2020

April 27th was a great night to be home watching the Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition Variety show. A wonderful lineup and so much talent on the screen. (Usually presented as a LIVE SHOW!)

Keith Nelson introduces the show and the evenings festivities.

Joe Barney performed a little ‘carny’ magic with 3 rubber frogs.

Olivia Porter performed a wonderful eccentric dance/mime performance piece with a beer bottle.

Catskill Kenny (Kenny Raskin) told a few corny jokes and then sang some wonderful songs with his ukulele. This song we could certainly enjoy now!

Dan Wasdahl performed several amazing stunts all at once. Juggling clubs, hula-hoop, spinning a ball on a mouth stick and Rolla-Bolla.

Host Keith Nelson introduced to the viewers an age-old stunt. The spinning top.

The Fleet Family 5 performed a straight jacket ‘mass-escape’ by the 3 boys. Put in the straight jackets and then into cardboard boxes and then taped shut! (they had flashlights!) They escaped quickly and with lots of ‘pizazz’.

Beth Beauary performed a beautiful aerial silk act.

Stephanie Monseu celestially invites the viewers to participate in an online survey.

Edge Szumowski performed a magical illuminated ‘chinese yoyo‘ act.

Adam Gertsakov performed the ‘The Barbie Oedipus”.

Keith attempts the Kendama-Blockhead stunt again! Maybe next week?

Gena Schvartsman Cristiani performed an amazing act with clubs, hats and balls.

Keith celebrated Ellia Bisker‘s birthday by playing ‘Happy Birthday’ on the nose flute.

And then (with the help of a confederate) gave Ellia a wonderful Bindlestiff tradition – Pie in the Face!

To make a donation (helps pay the performers who are currently our of work) please use the above modern methods of payment.

That’s all for now folks!

Tune in next Monday at 7:30 pm for another Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Variety Show!

Thanks for viewing the show and for donating to the cause.

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Celebration Barn announces cancellation of 2020 season

The theater in Paris, Maine forced to close due to pandemic.

Amanda Huotari, executive artistic director at Celebration Barn Theater in Paris, poses outside of the theater Friday. The organization has canceled programming this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo ©2020 – Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Reposted from The Sun Journal

PARIS — Celebration Barn Theater has canceled its programming for this year because artists from around the world can’t travel here and audiences can’t be close to each other because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Amanda Huotari, executive artistic director, said most of the theater’s revenue comes from hosting artists from around the world for workshops, residencies and performances.

“Over the past four weeks — it feels like four years — we really took the journey of feeling the heartbreak of having to cancel … It just felt that there really was no way we could move forward with programming this season with any certainty,” she said.

The announcement was posted Thursday on Facebook.

“We don’t know when our audiences are going to feel comfortable gathering again in close proximity, we don’t know when travel bans will make it possible for artists to travel, and for artists that are traveling in to do workshops, we don’t know if their loss of work is going to impact their ability to travel in the country right now. We knew that it would not be in the barn’s best interest or the communities’ best interest if we went forward and had a season.”

In its 47 years, Celebration Barn has never faced the complete cancellation of the season, and the future is unclear, she said.

“Financially it’s a real heavy lift to see a path forward,” Huotari said.

At the beginning of last year, a new financial gift program laid a sold financial foundation for the coming season. However, major concerns remain.

“We have never faced something like this before,” Houtari said. “Right now, we’re 100 percent in the throes of upheaval. We applied for emergency funding. We don’t know if our application is in the works, but the payroll protections funds have just run out, waiting to see if more become available.

She said in the coming weeks, the theater on Stock Farm Road will have a better idea of what it can do during the canceled season; if live-streamed shows are still a possibility, or online workshops and learning opportunities. But the real focal point is the 2021 season, and if the appetite of audiences will be changed moving forward. – “ I think that we really will have an opportunity to respond to the way in which the world has shifted in response to this experience, and the way the needs of our artists and audiences have changed … people are going to be hungry for different things, and I think we really have an opportunity to respond to that,” she said.

Traditionally, performances happen in close proximity, as do workshops. But Huotari said avenues might open for more spaced-out, inventive performances.

“Our expertise is really in the area of getting people together for an immediate theater experience,” she said. “While our history with doing that generally in a room in close proximity to each other, we’ve also done theater safaris where the audience travels around our property to various experiences, where storytellers are in trees and dancers are in fields. … We’re also well equipped to think outside the box. We’ll be looking for ways to bring people together to feel the immediacy of that human connection but it may be in ways unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

Though many patrons and artists understood the need to shut down this season, some were apprehensive. Huotari said if COVID-19 and all the restrictions associated with it dissipate soon, the theater is in a position to act.

“We’re small and we’re nimble,” she said. “If things do change and we do see opportunity in the coming months, we’ll be able to respond to that really quickly. I’d love to think that there’s a chance we’ll be able to get audiences in the barn this year, but it’s going to take a rapidly improving global condition for that to be possible.”

Until the global situation reaches relative normalcy, the barn is going to need some help. After announcing the cancellation, Huotari said PayPal donations started coming in within minutes. “If any folks are in a position to make a contribution … we would be most grateful for gifts now, as they matter more than ever,” she said.

For now, though, the focus has to be on coming strong in 2021.“Our No. 1 priority is securing the future of the Celebration Barn. And all eyes are on 2021, and what we have to do to come back with a full season,” she said.

You can visit their website to make a Donation!

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Celebration Barn

The Celebration Barn – Please donate!

By making a gift to Celebration Barn you will give the Barn the critical financial foundation necessary to prepare for the upcoming season. Thank you for being a part of Celebration Barn’s community of artists, audiences and believers!

Please consider supporting The Celebration Barn!

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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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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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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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