December 16, 2015 |
Pig Iron Theatre Company's anniversary remounting of its 2006 production of Gentlemen Volunteers , which toured the world to acclaim, is performed in English, in French, in song, and in mime. This new production is directed by three of the original crew - Dan Rothenberg, Quinn Bauriedel, and Dito van Reigersberg - but the cast is new, as is Michael Castillejos, who provides music on an accordion and sound effects on a Foley table. The gentlemen volunteers of the title are two young men right out of Yale who sign up to drive ambulances for the American Field Service in France in World War I, before the United States had entered the war. Vincent (Scott Sheppard)
March 1, 2013 |
On Friday night, Chinese Theatre Works debuts its new cantastoria show White Snake at the Creative Living Room in Swarthmore. Cantastoria is a theatrical form in which a performer tells a story while acting out and miming to a series of images. This show will use music, PowerPoint projections, and shadow puppetry to tell the Chinese tale of White Snake, a snake spirit with magical healing power, who transforms herself into human form and falls in love with a young herbalist named Xu Xien.
April 6, 2012 |
CLEARLY, CIRQUE du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" is a major undertaking - a loud and lavish, multimedia celebration of the "King of Pop" boasting a budget in excess of $50 million, a cast and crew numbering 220. As an arena rock concert spectacle - how creators view it - the production dwarfs Madonna and Lady Gaga's wildest touring fantasies. Planned to circle the globe for more than three years, the thing's loaded to the gills with lavishly costumed dancers and daredevil acrobatic acts, a 12-piece band, high-tech video screens, fanciful props and in-your-face pyrotechnic explosions.
May 11, 2008 |
Students were leaping, lurching, swatting, and generally creating chaos on the stage of Cherry Hill East's cafeteria on a recent evening - all in the name of one of theater's oldest and most celebrated crafts: pantomime. East's pantomime group - the only one in the state - is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The company recently strutted its stuff at an ice cream social before an appreciative audience of family members, fellow students and fans. "It all began when two girls approached me 31 years ago in the spring and suggested a mime company be launched the following school year," said Tom Weaver, speech and theater teacher and the director/technical director for East's theater program.
May 25, 2007 |
As love songs to cities go, Paris, Je T'Aime is a little flat. A compendium of 18 shorts by 21 directors (a few working in tandem), with episodes set in different quarters of the City of Light, this innately rambling affair has its moments, and visitors who've wandered France's capital - and fantasized about living there - will find things to enjoy. But mimes, please! And vampires, give me a break! Yes, "Tour Eiffel," from The Triplets of Belleville's Sylvain Chomet, offers an unabashed - and unironic - piece of wordless Gallic gesticulation, about a monsieur and mademoiselle mime who meet cute - in jail.
April 27, 2006 |
He sat in the shadowy auditorium of Rancocas Valley Regional High School, a slight man with a lined face and dancer's build, a beaky nose, hair like black feathers, and dark clothes, watching intently. And then Yass Hakoshima, world-renowned mime, came alive, lurching forward in his seat, his voice echoing through the cavernous room. "You are MONSTERS!" he commanded in a fierce voice, transforming 20 teenagers into beasts, clawing at the air, roaring without sound, writhing on the stage.
May 2, 2005 |
Even though Tuesday dates from the early 1970s, the Amaryllis Theatre Company production at the Prince Music Theater is the first in Philadelphia, and it's a case of much better late than never. This is a marvelous piece of movement theater, and the production directed by Stephen Patrick Smith is superb. This strongly narrative, artfully choreographed, wordless piece by the highly regarded artist and teacher Jewel Walker is difficult to classify. I call it movement theater, but a dance critic might rightfully view it as dance, and a mime critic (if such an animal exists)
December 20, 2003 |
Uh-oh. There's a mime artist in this week's concerts by Piffaro, the Renaissance band, which expanded its ranks for an elaborate staging of "The Holly and the Ivy: A Midwinter Feast of Fools. " For those of us who suffer cuteness overload at the sight of mimes, apprehension was warranted Thursday at the Trinity Center for Urban Life. More perilous, the concert presented a pagan pageant that personifies holly, a symbol of wintertime fertility, and ivy, a healer of many ills. Such things can easily resemble a theme park show at a Renaissance fair.
October 30, 2002 |
Breann Mason, 14, curled up on the floor in a fetal position in the middle of the high school auditorium. She rolled her tiny blue-jean-and-T-shirt-clad body right, then left, while mouthing, "One, two, three, four, roll. One, two, three, four, roll. " "OK, two count: one-two, one-two," instructor Yass Hakoshima said, quickening the pace as he stood over Mason and 29 classmates struggling to keep time - a feat that had some of them knocking knees and elbows and breaking out in giggles.