About this book
Modern mime, which has emerged as a major creative art form in the last ten years has its roots in the theatre work of Jacques Copeau in Paris in the 1920s. Copeau looked for a remedy to the ills of the theatre of his day by turning to the golden ages of Greek theatre, the Noh and Kabuki, and commedia dell'arte. Here Copeau found an emphasis on the expressive potential of the actor's whole body, rather than just the voice. In this study Tom Leabhart examines the contributions of Etienne Decroux, Barrault, Marceau and Lecoq to the development of this exciting new form (which often overlaps with new trends in theatre, dance and performance art) and which has spawned significant festivals each year in the US, Europe, Australia and South America.
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