Week 28: Mime Corporeal 101
If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
What did I do:
Did you know most Americans hate mimes while Europeans adore them? Or that there are several variations of the art of mime? How about that it takes over 400 movements and body position changes to mime making a cocktail? Well I had no idea either until very recently when I spent some time with my friend Mhairi.
Mhairi is a multi-talented and multi-lingual artist who happened to study Mime Corporeal (abstract mime) in Paris. Check out her work her channel Feathers and Toast.
Yes! You read that correctly. I know someone who professionally studied mime in Paris. Funny, how this Thrive at 35 project has opened up my life to so many interesting and talented people.
This week I spent some time with Mhairi learning all about the art of mime.
Who was with me
I met my friend Mhairi at one of our meditation parties. As soon as I found out she is a professional mime, I wanted in. We spent an afternoon in her Los Angeles apartment learning to mime.
What did I learn:
One of the most memorable mimes I ever saw is from an episode of I Love Lucy, where Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx mirror each other for a few minutes. Before meeting Mhairi, this was the only type of mime I was exposed to. I had no idea, Mime Corporeal, developed by Etienne Decroux even existed. Mime Corporeal or abstract mime is a bit more artistic. Instead of miming drinking a cup of tea, you mime being the tea bag floating in the hot water. I think it takes a bit more imagination and the use of your entire body to pull it off.
Would I do this again:
I'd love to actually get fully into character one night and be a mime either as an entertainer at a party or on stage. It would be quite the experience to let go of all reality and get into character for a few hours.