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1974 International Mime Festival in LaCrosse, Wisconsin

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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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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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“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.