When Mimes leave you Speechless
23rd April 2021
By Jinita and Amar Desai, Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Nairobi
In Drama, a mime is a performance technique of communicating with the use of action, character and emotion without the use of words. This can be through gestures, facial expressions and/ or body movement. A mime to music adds in the component of music, i.e. gives it rhythm, mood and a flow of the story through the different music segments. Mime artists move their bodies to the beat of the music and use their body as an expressive tool, with exaggerated movements.
The Helen O’Grady music is all copyrighted and specifically composed to explore different genres, age groups and characterization. The music is segmented to provide scenes which give students cues and a variety of moods, emotions and characters to build on.
Mimes are an extremely fundamental element of non-verbal communication as it generally leaves ones speechless ;-) (pun intended!) This technique of performing arts helps to heighten other senses of communication, which are often undermined for example touch and feel, listening and looking. Body language for example, makes you form an impression of someone even before you speak to them. Mimes make students more aware of the use of facial expression, hand gestures and an overall control of the body. Emotions don’t always have to be portrayed through speech or even through facial expression. They can give a strong message through the use of weight, levels, time and space – all done through precise maneuvering and control of the body.
It is no doubt then, that mimes are an important tool in the development of personality – the holistic aura of an individual. We speak so much without using words. It is said that we form a subliminal opinion of someone within 3 seconds of meeting them. Juvenile judgment, of course, but nevertheless a rating on the 1 – 10 scale.
Aside from personality development, interestingly mimes takes us back to the era of silent movies. Leave a comment if you’ve ever watched a silent movie, and what your thoughts were?
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