Mime, Living Sculpture

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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I captured this candid photograph of a mime artist in Los Angeles. I never know what I will see so fortunately I was able to photograph this theatrical scene in the middle of a busy work day. A mime artist is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving the acting out of a story through body motions, without use of speech. In earlier times, in English, such a performer was referred to as a mummer. Miming is to be distinguished from silent comedy, in which the artist is a seamless character in a film or sketch. The performance of pantomime originates at its earliest in ancient Greece; the name is taken from a single masked dancer called Pantomimus, although performances were not necessarily silent. In Medieval Europe, early forms of mime such as mummer plays and later dumbshows evolved. In early nineteenth century Paris, Jean-Gaspard Deburau solidified the many attributes that we have come to know in modern times — the silent figure in white face.Marcel Marceau was perhaps the most well-known modern mime.

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