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.
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.
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 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.