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無聲模式 | 11th Apr 2007 | 默劇大師 - Mime Master | (876 Reads)

Etienne Decroux (1898-1991)

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"The father of modern mime and one of the great luminaries of the theatre world" (Sunday Times), gave mime a true autonomy with a specific vocabulary, repertoire and philosophy, calling it Dramatic Corporal Mime.

Etienne Decroux studied with Jacques Copeau, and worked with the great names of French theatre such as Charles Dullin, Louis Jouvet, Gaston Baty, Jacques Prevert and Antonin Artaud. Beyond his brilliant career in theatre, cinema and radio, his revolutionary ideas and vitality, fired from the discoveries of Gordon Craig, encouraged him to change the theatre as he dreamt of changing the world.

Etienne Decroux had a long career divided between creating and teaching. He taught hundreds of students from around the world among whom are counted Jean Louis Barrault, Marcel Marceau, Giorgio Strehler..., and directly influenced the worlds of theatre and modern dance. Working in New York for five years, notably at the Actor's Studio, his last public performance was at Carnegie Hall in 1963.

From 1963 to 1986, Etienne Decroux taught daily in his Parisian studio, analyzing, expounding and systemising his research and stage work. He remained an author and creator to the end. As he said: "Genius fades. People die. It is the art that is eternal"