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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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“Memoirs on Mime For All Time” – A new book by Louis H.Campbell

Here is a great posting in John Towsen’s blog  ALL FALL DOWN  (by Jef Lambdin) about the festival that lead Louis to write this book. (1974 International Mime Institute & Festival – Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin)

In this remarkable compilation are the unique experiences of the author who was privileged to have been placed at an auspicious time in history with preordained opportunities to meet, engage, learn, apply and celebrate with personalities whose lives and careers left their footprints on the extraordinary subject of mime and pantomime. This book is a culmination of nearly fifty years of experiences with mimes, actors, clowns and dancers all of which have direct influence on the current activity known as Physical Theatre. This book is a documentation of that history, a textbook summary of techniques consolidated and a collection of photographs of historical significance to this age.

Memoirs on Mime by Louis H. Campbell

Find the book here.


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Mummenschanz on Muppets Show – 1976

Mummenschanz at NYU
In December, 2012 I saw Mummenschanz at The NYU Skirball Center. I originally saw them at the Bijou Theater (Demolished in 1982) in Times Square in 1977.
I decided to revisit them here and present excerpts from their Prime Time appearance on The Muppets Show from 1976.

Bernie Schurch, Floriana Frazzetto, Andres Bossard.

Here is their website.

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

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.


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


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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MUMMENSCHANZ opens in NYC at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts

It was in 1977 that I first saw MUMMENSCHANZ perform at the Bijou Theatre in Times Square, NYC.

In a little over three years on Broadway (March 1977 – April 1980), “Mummenschanz,” starring Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto, and Bernie Schürch, gave 1,326 performances at the Bijou Theatre.

In June 1986, the mime-masque troupe returned to Broadway with their new show, appropriately titled “Mummenschanz: The New Show.”

NOW..they are OPENING a new show.


The opening scene from their new show is visually wonderful and inviting.

With new pieces and some of their classic pieces the show is delightful and is celebrating 40 years of imaginative and ground breaking mask art.

The show will run from Dec 12th thru January 6th, 2013.

For more information visit their site:

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When they ran their show on Broadway it was so successful that it spawned a novelty record album.

The album contains only the sounds heard in the theatre during each of the 15 minutes segments – which is mostly laughter and applause.

Here is a wonderful interview with 2 of the founding members Floriana Frasseto and Bernie Schurch on the Leonard Lopate radio on Dec. 12th, 2012.

Leonard Lopate Show

Here is an excerpt of an interview done with Floriana in the book “Bringing The Body to the Stage and Screen: Expressive Movement for Performers” by Annette Lust published this year by Scarecrow Press.

Interview with Floriana

Here is a video clip of Mummenschanz from the 1976 broadcast of The Muppet Show

Mummenschanz on The Muppet Show

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Make sure you see them perform LIVE at the Skirball Center while they are in NYC. Great fun!

Here is a link to their English Language Website.


Artistic Directors: Floriana Frassetto, Bernie Schurch

with performers:

Floriana Frassetto, Philipp Egli, Raffaella Mattioli, Pietro Montandon

Managing Director: Markus Simmen

Company Manager: Nadja Taylor

Technical Directors & Lighting Designers: Jan Maria Lukas and Dino de Maio