I have never really understood miming and to be quite honest some of the mime artists I have seen in the Queen Street Mall scare me just a little bit. Are they mimes or are they statues? It's pretty amazing that someone could keep that still for so long and not even move. Now that takes a lot of self-control or as "The Mime Guy" told me it's all about muscle control, which is something I just don't seem to have.
What is miming and how can we use it in our society? I interpret miming to be a powerful communication tool used to portray a message or story using body movements, facial expressions and props whilst keeping completely silent. Miming goes back along way and you might even remember seeing some of the funny moves of the famous mime artist Charlie Chaplin. Charlie used the art of silence to make the world laugh, he captured a worldwide audience with his interpretation of miming through many film productions.
Charlie Chaplin used mime to make people laugh.
Miming can also be utilised to take a stand for something you believe in, just like World Vision did in 2011 to bring awareness to the people in King George Square about the children dying from preventable diseases in third world countries. What a great idea, instead of making a lot of sound and no one really listening, they saved their voices by keeping silent to inspire and touch the lives of those around them I guess silence really is golden.
World Vision mime artists taking a stand in King George Square.
Recently I spoke with a professional mime artist named Peter Wilson, he is well known in the community for stepping into character to entertain audiences nationally and internationally as "The Mime Guy". After speaking with Peter, he took all of my fears away about mime artists, he didn't scare me at all. Peter is a professional mime artist who also shares his talent for miming to help raise money through the Chant4Change Charity Concert. If you would like to see "The Mime Guy" in action you can watch him at this year's concert or visit his website for up and coming performances.
See The Mime Guy perform at this year's charity concert.
To be honest, I don't see or hear of many mime artists in my local area, so I thought it would be interesting to learn from an experienced mime artist who performs in our day and age. Let me share with you a little bit more about Peter's story and how you too can learn to use silence to gain people's attention through the art of miming.
Peter started performing at 10 years old after his Mum encouraged him by producing magic tricks from a book at home. Peter was stirred to challenge his Mum and prove to her he could do so much better, as the old saying goes Mother's really do know what's best for their kids.
The Mime Guy performing at the Easterfest.
Peter a self-taught magician went on to perform his first show at the Toogoolawah state primary school. He then progressed to clowning and at the age of 14 was asked by the Performing Arts Director of a Jewish convention to create and perform his very own mime. The Performing Arts Director was right on the mark after Peter successfully captured the attention of the audience with his natural ability for miming.
Peter never really knew what miming was all about until one day he was inspired by a stage production written by the famous French mime artist Marcel Marceau. This is when it all fell into place for Peter who is currently writing his own script for a future stage production, stay tuned.
Peter was inspired by the famous French mime artist Marcel Marceau.
Peter is soon to perform a show in Melbourne by stepping into character to partner with a local poet, you can also hire "The Mime Guy" for miming lessons, stage performances and corporate events. Peter has extensive experience teaching the art of miming to students who have been engaged in drama classes throughout many schools, for more information and group bookings please contact Peter via his website.
After writing this article, I am quite fascinated to learn miming really is an art and a powerful communication tool that we all have the potential to learn and master. Why not learn the art of miming? Just like Peter, you could be one of those people who have been created for a purpose such as this. Learn to express yourself through the art of miming with these on-line video clips or if you would like to know more about miming you can contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org, I am sure he would be happy to answer any of your questions.
You could be on the road to a future just like Peter's, we all have to start somewhere. When you are ready you can even gain a busking license from your local council to start showing the world your talent through the art of silence. Make a change today, express yourself through mime - everybody has a story to tell.
I love how there are many ways to express yourself through art. I think one of the biggest misconception about art is that it comes in one form. I've tried miming when I was in drama and it was a blast. A little hard at first because I wasn't confident but it became fun once I forgot what other people might think.http://celebratingart.com/