The body language is one of the types of integrated expression in the dramatization at san diego childrens theatre. To avoid confusion, we are going to specify some terms that are sometimes misused.
-Although under the name of corporal expression all types of expression that use the human body as an instrument could be accepted, in a restricted way it is usually applied to language that, using the gesture, the face, the position, underlines , completes and sometimes it replaces the language of the spoken word.
The range encompassed by bodily expression means that we couldn’t speak of it as if it were a single language with its code well specified and fixed for its entirety.
Although some gestures have already been encoded with concrete meaning - genuflecting, shaking hands, patting the shoulder, movements of the head to deny or affirm nevertheless, the corporal expression, except in these cases in which the gesture has become a symbol, it enjoys great freedom, and its fundamental characteristic is spontaneity. Its use varies in abundance and intensity from one person to another, from one region to another, and largely depends on the individual's state of mind. Its abuse is interpreted as a consequence of the poverty of the spoken language, in many cases, especially when the gesture it takes the place of the word that is missing at a given moment.
At T3triplethreat San Diego childrens theatre the word mime we designate two different realities:
· The art of expressing oneself only by gesture, regardless of words . In principle, this dispensing with the word also meant doing it with music, sounds, lights and others. But today only the word is necessarily excluded from mime .
-As well as in the corporal expression, since it is not codified, the same gesture can underline different and even opposing ideas, with mime this does not happen, because in it each gesture responds to a different and precise meaning. This circumstance makes mime a complex reality, something like the quintessence of bodily expression. The complexity increases if we take into account that there is not a single type of mime, but several, assigned to different schools, each with its specific code.
-The word mimicry is used to designate a vague reality. Something like the set of gestures, sometimes common and others linked to artistic expression. If we say of someone who has good mimicry , we do not specify if we refer to the use of mime or body language.
Sometimes mime and pantomime are confused in ordinary language, although their use should be clarified. Perhaps the confusion comes from the fact that in ancient times a generally obscene type of pantomime was called mime.
It is often difficult to distinguish whether a gesture or movement belongs to mime or body expression. Fortunately, for these educational levels, such precision will often not be absolutely necessary. Mime itself is excessively complicated, but it must be recognized that some manifestations are common to mime and body expression and are difficult to separate.
Juniors objectives from first level
Efficient education in mime and body expression will require the use of a good manual that will clarify doubts and provide exercises. The most appropriate manuals for this case are logically those designed more for education than for training actors.
The San Diego childrens theatre, from the first levels, must:
- Turn on itself,
- Stopping abruptly or smoothly,
- Sit and stand up: on a chair, on the floor, etc.,
- Kneel and kneel,
- Fall without hurting yourself
- Get up with grace and alacrity,
- ·up and down stairs.
- A cane of the blind,
- A boot of wine
- A hat that is removed,
- A telephone handset,
- · A door that opens and closes.
In all these exercises, as in many others, mime differs from corporal expression in that the former seeks the new gesture with which to represent or create the object. For this, remember that mime works without props.