evolved, and how wonderful it is.
Pantomime is a dramatic performance in which a story is told or a theme
developed through expressive bodily or facial movement. The origin of pantomime
all pantomime is silent. The completely silent performance of pantomime was
Mime is a short way of saying pantomime and also means someone who performs
around for spectators to put money in.
When doing pantomime, it should be noted that the imaginative performance skills
the role that the body plays in suggesting an idea, an impression, a sensation,
Before performing, a mime must do warm-up and relaxation exercises. Miming takes
essential for expressive movement and graceful poise in pantomime. A good mime
must be very flexible. You must be fluid at changing posture to create a
must be very relaxed when doing pantomime.
Animals, insects especially, have probably done pantomime before humans were
and peacocks use pantomime to impress a mate.
Prehistoric man was next, after animals, to do pantomime. Prehistoric men would
Before language, prehistoric men told about a hunt with pantomime. Prehistoric
clown at a very young age. Grock became famous because he succeeded in the
circus and in the music hall.
After years of successfully performing in circuses, he tried his clown routine
Grimaldi tradition, and towards Debureu’s type of performance. In his first
performance in a theater, the audience did not respond. Grock realized that the
type of performance required for the theater is different than that required by
Grock began to use a clown as a pantomime character whose actions comment on
life. Grock went on to become one of the greatest performers of the variety
stage. Grock used music to portray man’s struggle with fate, just like
Beethoven, but in a different way. Before Grock would play violin, he would
behind a screen to practice and the audience could see the bow flying above the
screen. He returned to face the audience and missed again. He became so
flustered that he threw the bow in the air and caught it without even knowing
far from the piano, he would struggle to push the piano closer to the bench!
The circus was saved from too much clown tradition in the 1940’s by a man named
Emmett Kelly. The costumes were getting too elaborate. The usual clown costume
descended from the vari-colored costume of the Roman mimes. Originally, it was
intended to symbolize rags, like the clown was an impractical guy who didn’t get
but elaborate costumes. The costumes reached some sort of peak when the
Harlequin costumes of the English pantomime had as many as fifty-thousand
sequins on them. Emmett Kelly brought back the original idea and wore a tramps
costume of actual rags. The usual clown make-up is a bright colored pattern
which serves as a trademark for each clown. Kelly wore make-up to match his
raged costume. He invented his own intimate style of pantomime in, but almost
independent of, the circus. Kelly would beg peanuts from kids in the audience
and then break the shells with a huge hammer, completely shattering the peanut, and then search stupidly for the meat among the debris.
Clowns of the modern circus are called “Joeys” after Joseph Grimaldi. In the
overwhelmed by the sheer size of the circus.Modern circus clowns depend on acrobats, costumes, and mechanical stunts to perform, but a mime just has gestures. The technique of the circus clown is
limited by the conditions under which he performs, therefore, there is a
tendency for any successful idea to be repeated so much that it becomes a
tradition. Most of the clowning is done in what is called a clown promenade, or
walkaround, in which the clowns circle the arena while performing so that each
spectator might see a complete performance. Each clown performs something
different. It is difficult to think of gags to perform while walking in a
parade. One could carry a heart that lights up like a neon sign when he sees a
pretty girl, another could drive a really small sportscar, or one may wear a
again. One clown may run away from a stuffed tiger that is attached to him by a
or played a big part in the history of pantomime.