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|Date of issue:||1971|
Written in 1971 by the New-Yorker mime Richmond Shepard (view profile on SilenceCommunity.com of our honorable Dean), we offer an illustrated edition of his book: Mime - The Technique of Silence. In thirty lessons, the author, speaking in the language of Shakespeare, is a perfect overview of the foundations for the daily exercise of mime.
Five additional chapters are devoted to set the mime to tell the story of this particular art, to define a plan of education, explaining the makeup of mimes and a brief biography of Richmond Shepard.
THAT IT IS THE ONLY BOOK, IN ANY LANGUAGE THAT BREAKS DOWN THE PHYSICAL ARTICULATION OF THE BODY AND THE ILLUSIONS OF MIME TECHNIQUE.
Richmond was trained in mime with Alvin Epstein, Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux. He has participated in more than 100 television show as mime, actor or comedian in Kojak, The Diana Ross Special, The Mitzi Gaynor Special, Merv Griffin, the shows of Steve Allen, The FBI, The Jeffersons, The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1990), Madam's Place (in the role of Harpo) Allie McBeal and many other shows, commercials and films.
Page 3: What is Mime about?
Page 11: A brief history of Mime
Page 15: A warning
Page 16: Thirty lessons in Mime technique
Page 17: Lesson One. Discussion of basic principles of mime; the double-zero position; diaphragmatic breathing; inclinations; rotations; transtations; translation improvisations; facial exercises; imaginary objects; walk #1.
Page 30: Lesson Two. Inclinations; rotations; chest impulses; transtations; the illusion of the tug-of-war; facial exercises; slow motion exercice; walk #1.
Page 32: Lesson Three. Hand exercises: pointing, beckoning; exercises on hunger and appetite; eye improvisations.
Page 37: Lesson Four. Inclinations; rotations; chest impulses; transtations; tug-of-war; first illusory walk; facial exercises; improvisation #1; slow-motion exercice; duets.
Page 40: Lesson Five. The body as a unit: forward and side tilts; unit knee bends; scale-fulcrum tilts; sways; walk; being drunk; improvisations with the body as a unit.
Page 52: Lesson six. Inclination and rotation of each part separately; transtations; mirror exercice, translation circles; illusion of climbing a ladder; duets.
Page 64: Lesson Seven. Inclinations; rotations; chest impulses; pelvic impulses; illusions of pushing and pulling; climbing; illusory walk #1; duets.
Page 68: Lesson Eight. Animal characterizations; exercice on using a minimum of effort.
Page 70: Lesson Nine. Inclinations; rotations; transtations; tug-of-war; hand exercises; illusory walks #1 and #2; walks with a high knee, takes; improvisation with sneak and take.
Page 75: Lesson Ten. Falls; stage trips; fainting; the illusory run; sitting; climbing a ladder; illusory walks #1 and #2; improvisations with falls.
Page 79: Lesson Eleven. Inclination and rotation of each part separately; beginning and advanced hand exercises; walks #1 and #2, duets.
Page 82: Lesson Twelve. Inclinations; rotations; combinations of inclinations and rotations involving two directions; beginning and advanced hand exercises; balance exercises including the forward inclination; climbing stairs; climbing a rope; comic walks.
Page 93: Lesson Thirteen. Inclinations; rotations; combinations involving three directions; balance exercises with forward inclination; illusory walks #1 and #2; tranlation improvisations.
Page 96: Lesson Fourteen. The body as a unit; improvisations with the body as a unit; duos with the body as a unit.
Page 97: Lesson Fifteen. Inclinations; rotations; rotation turns; pelvic impulse exercises; beginning and advanced hand exercises; improvisations with pelvic impulses.
Page 98: Lesson Sixteen. transtations; advanced rope-pulling; up and down stairs; up and down a ladder; up and down a rope; beginning and advanced hand exercises; facial exercises; comic walks; eye improvisations.
Page 102: Lesson Seventee. Inclinations; rotations; combinations involving two and three directions; balance exercice with forward inclination; walks #1 and #2; illusory walks #1 #2; illusory run.
Page 103: Lesson Eighteen. Animal characterizations; improvisations with two animal characters; projection into an object.
Page 104: Lesson Nineteen. Inclinations; rotations; rotation turns; balance turns with side and back inclinations; up and down a ladder; comic walks; walk with a high knee; heavy and light objects (counterpoise); improvisations; duets.
Page 106: Lesson Twenty. Mirror exercice; age and youth; occupations; where-from-where-to game; object transformations; building a machine.
Page 108: Lesson Twenty-one. Inclination and rotation of each piece separately; beginning and advanced hand exercises; stairs, merry-go-round; rowing a boat; creating an environment.
Page 110: Lesson Twenty-two. Inclinations; rotations; rotation turns; balance exercises with forward, side, and rear inclinations, transtations; where-from-where-to game with two people.
Page 111: Lesson Twenty-three. Inclinations; rotations; combinations involving three directions; balance exercises with forward, side, and rear inclinations; four walks with a high knee; improvisations with a sneaky walk.
Page 112: Lesson Twenty-four. Inclinations; rotations; transtations; advanced rope-pulling, up and down a ladder; illusory walks #1 and #2; being a machine; building a machine; growing; animals evolving.
Page 113: Lesson Twenty-five. Inclinations; rotations; pelvis exercises including pushing and pulling; illusory walk backwards; climbing stairs #2; descending stairs backwards; ladder #2; walk #2; walking on the moon; improvisations.
Page 116: Lesson Twenty-six. Inclinations; rotations; reverse inclinations and rotations; combinations in two directions and falling into their final positions; four walks with a high knee; walking on a tightrope; merry-go-round; rowing.
Page 118: Lesson Twenty-seven. The body as a unit; beginning and advanced hand exercises; balance exercises with forward, side, and rear inclinations, comic walks; duos.
Page 119: Lesson Twenty-eight. Inclinations; rotations; reverse inclinations and rotations, transtations; tug-of-war; advanced rope-pulling; merry-go-round; walking on a tightrope; walking on the moon; paddling a canoe; walking with a cane; walking with crutches; limping; riding a bicycle; facial exercises, improvisations.
Page 123: Lesson Twenty-nine. Inclinations; rotations; reverse inclinations and rotations; transtations; putting on gloves; opening doors; lighting a cigarette; chopping with an axe; bellringing; sawing; looking; playing two characters; object tranformations.
Page 126: Lesson Thirty. Inclinations; rotations; combinations involving three directions, and falling into their final positions; level hand; beginning and advanced hand exercises; leans; walks #1 and #2; illusory walks #1 and #2, improvisations.
Page 128: Teaching plan.
Page 129: Classic mime makeup.
Page 131: A brief history of Richmond Shepard.