Mime Workshop for The Beginner
Fringe Mime And Movement Laboratory
- Tue 06-03-2018 7:45 PM - 2 h
- Tue 13-03-2018 7:45 PM - 2 h
- Tue 20-03-2018 7:45 PM - 2 h
- Tue 27-03-2018 7:45 PM - 2 h
- Tue 03-04-2018 7:45 PM - 2 h
- Tue 10-04-2018 7:45 PM - 2 h
- Tue 17-04-2018 7:45 PM - 2 h
The Jockey Club Studio Theatre
[ Mime Workshop for The Beginner ]
Time: 07:45pm - 09:45pm
Date: 6,13,20,27 Mar and 3,10,17 Apr.
Venue: FringeClub (upstairs theatre)
Showcase: 07:45pm - 09:45pm
Upstairs theatre @ FringeClub
Student can perform in the showcase (8 May) After the workshop.
Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/hkfringemime/
The fee is HKD$1200.
(10% off for 2 people register)
About Fringe Mime and Movement Laboratory
Mime is hardly considered a popular art form even in present days; one can easily imagine the dismal response to the art form some twenty years back when Fringe Mime and Movement Laboratory (Mime Lab) first emerged in the scene. Mime was at that time an art form rarely heard of. But ”when there is a will there is a way”, the seed of “Hong Kong’s Mime” was sown during the Fringe Festival in 1985 and was cultivated when the extra-mural studies department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong launched elementary and basic courses in Mime in 1986. This could be hailed as the sprouting period of Mime in Hong Kong.
However, short courses could never help lay a good foundation for the blossoming of the art form-Mime. In this regard, the Hong Kong Fringe Club had dedicated great support in providing the venue and ambience for nurturing the Fringe Mime and Movement Laboratory. This background also explained how the group got its name. (The administration and art direction of Mime Lab are independent from those of the Hong Kong Fringe Club).
The Fringe Mime and Movement Laboratory was formally established in October 1987, members joining in the group during the initial stage were mainly graduates from the CU short courses. The Mime Lab later organised its own workshops and gradually had its “home-grown” members.
During the beginning years of Mime Lab, trainings for members mainly concentrated on the delivery of basic mime techniques with the main objective of consolidating their fundamentals. Trainers also demanded members to explore more into the global development and trends of Mime apart from acquiring the illusory techniques of pulling strings and touching the wall (please provide the right terms). The Hong Kong Fringe Club and the British Council also lent their hands in inviting overseas Mime artists to give workshops and performances in HK, world famous Mime Artists such as David Glass and Peta Lily were visiting performers of the HK Fringe Club and had conducted workshops for Mime Lab members.
Having dedicated to the art form of Mime for over 20 years, the Fringe Mime and Movement Laboratory is determined to continue its mission of promoting Mime in future. Mime Lab is also an embracing art group which aims to mix oriental art flavours (art forms of China in particular) into Mime that has basically an origin in the West. Apart from promoting Mime in Hong Kong, the Mime Lab hopes to make use of the techniques, rhythm, human elements and the space factor of the stage in Chinese opera forms together with the introspection, exploration, experiment and search in local livelihood to create a Mime form that carries oriental colour.
Mime Lab understands the difficulties in steering towards the above direction and anticipates the obstacles in mixing various cultures in developing the “new art”, but Mime Lab is determined to shoulder the mission of opening up a new horizon of Hong Kong’s Mime and to work hard in popularising the art form with an aim to make it on par with that of the global development.
Over the last two decades, Mime Lab had given over 250 indoor and outdoor shows, including theatre productions (more artistic and experimental) such as participations in arts festivals and regular Mime Lab productions; performances for charity organisations, schools and commercial activities(mainly clown and illusion performances). In May 2009, Mime Lab was invited to perform during the Chuncheon International Mime Festival, the performance was well received and highly praised.