Pantomime

Resting Butterfly. Dresden, 2014.

Resting Butterfly. Dresden Mime, 2014.

One of the more unique art forms I saw in Munich and Dresden were the pantomimes.   This performance art is as old as Ancient Greece; in Medieval Europe there were “mummers” or “dumb shows.” This fall, Dresden hosted the 32nd annual International Mime Festival. Many of the mimes I saw were dressed as statues; some interacted with the audience, while others stood as living statues. Although there wasn’t much movement involved, you could tell that it was physically challenging to control the muscles that carefully for long periods. Even during their rest periods they stay in character.  Some mimes look antique with a metallic look. One mime made a statement on modern, busy times.

Man on the Go! Pantomime in Dresden, 2014.

Man on the Go! Pantomime in Dresden, 2014.

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Bavarian Man. Munich Mime, 2014.

Clown. Munich Mime, 2007.

Clown. Munich Mime, 2007.

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Forging. Dresden Mimes, 2014.

 

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