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18 Feb 2015

Mime artist in Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Barcelona [ 巴塞罗那 ] • 18 FEBRUARY 2015
Have you seen mime artists perfoming in the streets of Barcelona? A mime artist is someone who acts with their body motions, without use of speech. Mime had became a form of entertainment that attracted many passerby. If you are there you must not miss it. 

The performance of mime originates at its earliest in Ancient Greece; the name is taken from a single masked dancer called Pantomimus, although performances were not necessarily silent. In Medieval Europe, early forms of mime such as mummer plays and later dumbshows evolved. In early nineteenth century Paris, Jean-Gaspard Deburau solidified the many attributes that we have come to know in modern times—the silent figure in whiteface.

Marcel Marceau- A Famous Mime Artist
Arsine Dupin studied under Marcel Marceau, a famous mime from France.Marcel Marceau, whose name was actually Marcel Mangel, was born in Strausberg, France in 1923. When he was 16, France became involved in the Second World War. Because his family was Jewish, and his father was a kosher butcher, they fled the city. But his father was arrested by the Gestapo, and he died in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. Marcel and his brother adopted the name Marceau to hide their Jewish origins. 
Marcel and his brother Alain joined the French foreign resistance, and saved many children from the concentration camps. He spoke very good English, and worked as a liaison officer with General Patton’s army. After
attending a much acclaimed acting school in France, Marcel became an actor. He was cast as a mime in a movie, and did such a great job, that his career as a mime was firmly established, and he became known as a master at the “art of silence”.
In 1949, following his receipt of the renowned Deburau Prize (established as a memorial to the 19th century mime master Jean-Gaspard Deburau) for his second mimodrama, Death before Dawn, Marceau founded Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau - the only company of pantomime in the world at the time. 

Check out the talented mime artist when you are in the street of Las Ramblas Barcelona.

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