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ERIC Number: ED240627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-10
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Pantomime: Developing Imaginative Performance Skills.
Ratliff, Gerald Lee
Having defined pantomime as the art of communicating ideas and emotions without dialogue, this report stresses the role of the body in suggesting an idea, impression, sensation, or character and offers a series of exercises to help develop the muscular coordination and graceful movement characteristic of good pantomime technique. The first series of exercises presented reviews the principles of relaxation and concentration necessary to visualize the size, weight, and texture of imaginary objects while the next set stresses the role of posture in suggesting a character's mood and attitude. Other exercises that help develop the precise hand gestures necessary to convey significant moods and attitudes and suggest specific forms are offered. The report further develops the art of gesture with exercises emphasizing the importance of facial expression and bodily actions and enhances movement awareness with exercises requiring a bodily response to a suggested mood or attitude. Finally, characterization, which involves placing a well-defined character in a specific situation or environment, is developed by a series of exercises intended as models for imitation. The report also provides a series of supplementary exercises useful for developing the skills of handling props and working in group pantomimes. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A