In the original production of “The Glorious Ones,” John Kassir (Dottore) got to show off his unique talent: mastery of mime. His performance has led me back to one of the great originals – the unparalleled Marcel Marceau.
“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?“
– Marcel Marceau
This a man who devoted more than 60 years of his life to performing. And it paid off. He was acknowledged as the world’s greatest practitioner of mime.
In the video below, he describes how to create reality in a scene. In this case, going up and down a set of stairs. Watch his eyes as they create a destination above him.
Translation from French:
“Going up and downstairs. It’s an exercice that Jean-Louis Barrault, a disciple of Etienne Decroux, created dramatically. I have changed it a little, it’s another way to do it. What is important is to not only to locate the ramp’s substance, its artisanale side. You also must create the place’s heaviness, distance. I’m going downstairs”