- Hardcover: 254 pages
- Publisher: Tony & Karen Montanaro (December 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0884481786
- ISBN-13: 978-0884481782
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,650,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mime Spoken Here: The Performer's Portable Workshop Hardcover – December, 1995
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Tony and his wife Karen have crafted a book that is chock full of practical methods for the performing artist, but it also (and more crucially) explores the art of communication, with sharp insights and anecdotes that are not only applicable but nourishing for the soul.
Tony Montanaro (a brilliant and renowned mine) also pays respectful homage to the masters who have preceded him, including his teachers Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux, as well as the more obscure and virtually forgotten teachings of Francois Delsarte.
This book is a must-read for the performing artist who wishes to sharpen their "physical eloquence", as well as anyone with a serious interest in communication and artistic expression of any sort.
I am actually a magician and about a year ago I had an idea for a magic pantomime using a mime illusion. A magician/mime recommended Kipnis' "The Mime Book." This is a really good book, and even though it really didn't directly address what I was looking for, I threw myself into the isolation exercises. However, even though it had lots of good work on the mechanics of the illusions, they never really interested me to work on them; except those that I could see applications to magic routines-basically the elevator and the cradle-to-grave.
I did however notice almost immediately an increased body awareness and sense of balance that I'd never had before. Even though I kind of drifted away as I got involved in doing shows, etc, I realized I'd learned more and made more progress in a couple of weeks than I had in several semesters of body movement classes in drama school. This new physical awareness and control generated a hunger for something... I don't know exactly what I was looking for, but I got other mime books... and "The Physical Comedy Handbook"... and Lecoq's "The Moving Body"... and Aubert's "The Art of Pantomime"... All these are good books, but still I was looking... and then I found "Mime Spoken Here," and now I realize what I was looking for all along --physical eloquence.
"Physical eloquence" is Tony's conception of mime-greatly expanding it beyond the common no-talk, no-props view most people have of it.Read more ›