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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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2018 NY Clown Theater Festival Clown Comedy

Vaudevisuals interview with Kaitlin Kaufman – Penelope – ‘Yay America’

Kaitlin Kaufman sat down with Vaudevisuals to talk about her show and her life as a ‘clown’. How she started and a little about discovering her character ‘Penelope’.

Her show ‘Yay America‘ will be presented at The New York Clown Theater Festival Sept 8, 11, and 16th.

 

For more information/tickets go here.

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The NYC Physical Comedy Lab

The NYC Physical Comedy Lab —or “fiz com lab” for short— is not a class, not a workshop, but a jam of practitioners in a field that includes clowns, circus and variety artists, dancers, mimes, comic actors, etc.  Different people come each week, and out-of-town guests are always welcome. We share warmups, games, improvs, skills, gags, and works-in-progress. Very little is planned, every week is different, but usually, one idea leads to another to another and we arrive somewhere new. 

We usually create some kind of a scenario by the end of the 3 hours combining the skills worked on that day.
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I think of it as a research lab, meaning we are free to explore whatever without the time constraints of a workshop intensive or of a show about to open. We don’t have to jump to a final product but can just aimlessly play with objects and movement to see what we might discover.  During Jim’s visit, we did a warmup with different people leading different stretches, then played a wild and wacky movement game involving all kinds of objects and patterns, then had a knife-throwing lesson from magician Ben Robinson, which had everyone channeling their inner Jim Bowie or Davy Crockett.
Then we continued last week’s experiment with repeating patterns of people and objects passing through our MTW (modular trickwork wall), only this time we transferred the concept to more of a story, a sort of human Rube Goldberg machine, a high-speed mechanical restaurant with Ben Model as our repeat customer. 
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For more information and location of the lab check out the Facebook Page HERE!
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Brooklyn Academy of Music Comedy Performing Arts Physical Theater Vaudevisuals Interview Video Women

Vaudevisuals interview with Geoff Sobelle – ‘HOME’ at BAM

“HOME”

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Physical theater artist Geoff Sobelle (The Object Lesson, 2014 Next Wave) leads an ensemble of dancers and designers in a feat of impossible carpentry: raising a house onstage and making a home within it. Residents tumble through kitchens, beds, and baths in a spontaneous choreography of everyday life, as they move in, move out, clean up, burn down, sweep under, paint over, fence off, and move on. At once an enchanting experiment in collectivity and an affecting meditation on dwelling, HOME takes stock of all the stubborn forces that make a house a home.”

Karen Jenson and I arrived at the Peter Jay Sharp building at BAM to meet and interview Geoff Sobelle. Taking the elevator to the ‘Penthouse’ and walking the hallways decorated with posters from BAM’s successful shows from the past was sublime.

The penthouse studio was beautiful and illuminated with gorgeous daylight streaming in from the windows on one side. Geoff was seated at a long table and we proceeded to set up a couple of chairs in the middle of the room.

Scenic design by Steven Dufala
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Original music by Elvis Perkins
Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl
Sound design by Brandon Wolcott
Costume design by Karen Young
Illusion design by Steve Cuiffo
Props design by Victoria Ross
Dramaturgy by Stefanie Sobelle
Choreography by David Neumann 

Dec 6th through 10th, 2017 ONLY!

For Tickets Click HERE!

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American Mime Theatre Mime Photography

Celebrating The American Mime Theatre

65 YEARS!

“Hurly Burly” – with Paul J Curtis, Rick Wessler, and Charley Barney

The photograph was taken at The American Mime Theatre Studio.

The American Mime Theatre, Company and School, New York City, celebrated their 65th Anniversary on  April 7, 2017.  It all began in 1952 when a young 24-year-old, Paul J. Curtis, graduating as a theater Director from the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research (NYCity) and trained by Erwin Piscatory.  He went to Europe to explore different theater forms and he was disturbed by the arbitrary separation of acting and dance.  Returning to the United States, he thought it would be interesting to present to American actors a project of Mime to demonstrate its potential and to correct the limitations of the medium practiced by the French School of Mime.  Forming a Company of 5 actors and 5 dancers they began to work on the project and created a Repertory of plays to present their new works in a concert at the 92nd Street Y, New York City.  The audience’s response to the concert was strong, and the Company decided to continue with the work (creating plays for a Repertory and codifying the teaching methodology of this new kind of Mime, a performing art, which would be named “American Mime”.

The American Mime Theatre at 61 Fourth Avenue, NY NY 10003

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Jean Barbour, Director

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Clown Comedy Commedia dell' Arte Mask Performing Arts Physical Theater Vaudevisuals Interview Video Women

Vaudevisual interview – “The Department of Fools”

THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOLS

I have always had a respect for the traditional theater style “Commedia dell Arte“. From photographing Carlo Mazzone-Clementi in 1982, ‘The Metaphysical Mask Improv’ workshop taught by Mask Arts Company in 2011,  interviewing Christopher Bayes in 2013 and then Carlos Garcia Estevez in 2016. Many people embrace this ancient theater art form. Here is an interview with teacher/performer Matthew Gregory and Silvia Morigi.  Together they talk about “The Department of Fools” theater ensemble and their upcoming show ‘A History of Servitude‘. It will be presented at ‘Peoples Improv Theater’ beginning Feb.3th thru March 3rd. 

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Keith Nelson – “A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular”

UPDATED POST!

The new show will OPEN May 4th thru the 14th!

Come and see it and have some real FUN!

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Presents

“A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular”

2016.05.07Bindle_256Adam Kuchler doing a one arm balance planche.

2016.05.07Bindle_224Kinko the Clown (Keith Nelson) succeeds in spinning all 8 plates and getting the spoons in the cans!

2016.05.07Bindle_191Ekaterina performs a lovely aerial hoop act.

2016.05.07Bindle_367Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Stephanie Monseu rocks the house with her jumping rope skills.

2016.05.07Bindle_364Richie Maguire seems ‘gravity free’ in his wonderful acrobatic dance skills.

2016.05.07Bindle_343Peter Bufano, Nate Tucker and Adam Kuchler add a wonderful music touch to the show in this scene.

2016.05.07Bindle_297Adam Kuchler, Kinko, and Stephanie Monseu add the juggling to the cirkus that makes so fun!

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For more information and/or tickets go here.

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The Regard of Flight – Bill Irwin, Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor

Now that Bill Irwin has joined forces with David Shiner again to present OLD HATS I thought it right to ‘look back’ at Bill’s earlier success. “The Regard of Flight“. The show was performed in many venues before going to Lincoln Center. An earlier version of the show was performed at the Baltimore Theater Festival titled “Murdoch” which I saw.
Bill Irwin was brilliant in choosing Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor to share the stage with him in this show. They were great!
Doug Skinner provided ‘original music’ and Michael O’Connor was hysterical as ‘the critic’ lurching to the stage with comments and questions throughout the show. Wonderful comic timing together made this show a treat for any audience!
For those of you that did not see Bill Irwin, Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor in “The Regard of Flight”…A wonderfully brilliant show!

“It should be said that Mr. Irwin is a contemporary American performance artist whose name belongs alongside those of Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau.”
Mel Gussow NY Times
The New York Times Review

Bill Irwin and David Shiner are currently performing their new show “OLD HATS” at the Signature Theater.
“one of the funniest shows of the past few years” the New York Post,
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More information and tickets can be had here.

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Comedy Mask Mime Performing Arts Physical Theater

NYC Weekend Workshop with Margolis Method – Dec 12th -13th.

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Kari Margolis has been teaching and performing for numerous years and having photographed 2 of the Adaptor’s theater piece I can testify she is ‘brilliant’.

She rarely teaches in NYC, so this is a great opportunity
to study with her.

Click here for more information!

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Dixon Place Performing Arts Puppetry Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Kate Brehm – puppeteer/performer/director

Vaudevisuals interview with puppeteer/director/performer Kate Brehm. She talks about her original inspiration and the process of creating this new puppet/movement piece ‘The Erdos Discrepancy‘.
Performance of the piece will take place at Dixon Place on Wed April 22nd @7:30pm
More more information and to get tickets:
http://dixonplace.org

(From the Program)
The Erdos Discrepency
by imnotlost
Theoretical math, abstract puppets, and a divine meditation on trust.

Featuring a lone human performer against a tide of geometric performing objects and a chorus of indifferent puppeteers, Erdos submerges the audience in a series of meditations about our dependence on technology, the allure of blind faith, and the question of whether participation is even a choice.

The first work in progress plays at Puppet Blok,
WEDNESDAY APRIL 22nd at 7:30pm $12-$15
at Dixon Place 161 Chrystie st NY, NY
J to Bowery or F to 2nd Ave
tickets here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9996237

Featuring Kate Brehm, Rachael Shane, Alex Young, Maiko Kikuchi, Sarah Plotkin, and Kate Reilly. Directed by Amanda Friou. Music by Nehemiah Luckett. Costume design by Sarah McMillan. Set and puppet design by Kate Brehm
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