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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Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, Germany

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Balustrades of the Dresden Katholische Hofkirche and tower of the Residenzschloss

One of the places we visited on our 2014 trip to Germany with LutherTours was the city of Dresden.  There are many remarkable things to see, especially considering that most of Dresden was heavily damaged during World War II by incindiary bombs.  The Katholische Hofkirche, or the Dresden Catholic Cathedral, was very impressive.  I marveled at the statues perched atop the balustrades–Biblical and historical figures, 78 in all, measuring 10 feet tall.  To the left of the cathedral is the Residenzschloss.  One of the oldest buildings in Dresden, Saxon rulers lived in the castle from the early 16th century.  It houses several museums, including a coin museum, armory, and the Green vault (home to the largest collection of European treasures).

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Statues of Biblical and historical figures. Katholische Hofkirche, Dresden.