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ERIC Number: ED311501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Mime as a Mode of Intelligence.
Shope, Richard
The dramatic art of mime can be viewed through a theory of multiple intelligences. Mime is a mode of the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence which is characterized as the ability to integrate body movement and to use the body in highly differentiated and skilled ways, for expression as well as directed goals. Mime is the language of the body, the silent component of an otherwise spoken language--strong enough with its own symbolic system so that words are not needed. Mime is a silent song, the controlled movement of silence in time, at times staccato, at times flowing, anchored by rhythm. The mathematics of mime primarily deals with long chains of logical reasoning which must be integrated by the mime in the moment of the performance. Mime creates space by making visible the invisible, by learning to use the empty space of the stage area to create and sustain visual and spatial forms. Mime is intrapersonal in the respect that it is about humanity, about fate. It is a freely given gift created expressly for the people in the audience. By implication, it is eminently worthwhile to investigate the practical applications of mime in the field of education. The bodily-kinesthetic energy within each student may prove to be one of the vast untapped resources available to educators everywhere. (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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