[UPDATE] Deadline Extended: Feb 25 - Making the Invisible Visible: Mime’s Contemporary Legacy: Mime and Movement Theatre Symposium - April 11, 2014

10 February, 2014

Mime and Movement Theatre Symposium

Call for Papers, Presentations and Workshops

Making the Invisible Visible: Mime’s Contemporary Legacy

The Ohio State University, Department of Theatre

Columbus, Ohio

April 11, 2014


Extended Deadline: February 25, 2014


As the founding fathers of contemporary mime, Étienne Decroux (1898-1991) and Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) have, through their apprentices, established a performative legacy with global resonances. As a new generation of practitioners emerges, we seek to interrogate, connect, critique, and celebrate the work of mime’s late twentieth century North American cohort. We aim to articulate mime’s history, to cultivate its legacy, and to imagine how contemporary artists might take mime into future practice, especially as they incorporate the potentials of motion capture and technological mediation.


To that end, The Ohio State University's Department of Theater and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) are delighted to present Making the Invisible Visible, a symposium celebrating mime and movement theater that will take place on April 11th, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.


This symposium will run in conjunction with the world premiere of There Is No Silence, a movement theater piece inspired by the life and work of Marcel Marceau devised by graduate students and faculty from The Ohio State University. A concurrent exhibition on Marcel Marceau showcasing material from his archive at the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute and including lithographs of his paintings, artifacts from his North American tours, and materials from his residencies at OSU (including motion capture of his signature movements), will be presented.


Symposium guests include: Keynote speaker, Annette Thornton, President of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME); Yanci Bukovec, Professor at University of Florida, toured internationally with Marcel Marceau; Dean Evans, Professional actor, mime and comedian working in Chicago and alum of OSU Theatre; Kevin Abbott, Professor at Western Michigan University, Theatre Digital Media Specialist; and Lorin Salm, Professional mime and movement specialist working in the motion capture and film industry in Los Angeles.


We invite paper and workshop proposals that consider mime, movement theater, and mediated performance including:

  • The history and legacy of mime
  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching mime techniques and styles
  • Critique and analysis of mime as an art form
  • The works of contemporary practitioners 
  • Mime and its influence on cinematography and animation. 
  • Motion capture and other technological advancement for documentation and preservation of the art of mime


-- Please email a 250 word abstracts and a 100 word bio to Jeanine Thompson, Associate Professor, Movement Theater Specialist, thompson.105@osu.edu by Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. We look forward to hearing from you!



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