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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Lion Statue, Schloss Linderhof

Lion statue at Schloss Linderhof

Lion statue at Schloss Linderhof

Lions are a common sight in every art form in Bavaria. This area’s history with lions started very early. Henry the Lion, duke of Bavaria and Saxony, founded Munich in 1158. The Wittelsbach family lived in Munich and had four lion statues guarding the entrances. For centuries lions have been featured on many heraldic crests because of their royalty, courage and strength.

This lion is a statue at the base of the terrace section of the gardens of Schloss Linderhof in Germany. This picture was taken during my 2014 LutherTour trip.

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