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ABC of ballet: mime

Watch Romany Pajdak and Erico Montes demonstrate Odette's mime from Swan Lake.

By Royal Opera House

16 March 2011 at 4.36pm | 1 Comment


Mime: The use of gesture to convey narrative meaning. Classical ballet has a distinct language of mime where specific gestures convey precise meanings such as love, marriage, king, queen, etc. Highly stylized mime sequences are often used to spell out particular moments in the story, and to offer a vital change of pace between set pieces. Early theatre also used a complex language of mime, and early audiences would have been much more familiar with this silent language than today’s ballet goers.

ABC of ballet: One of a series of posts explaining useful ballet terms.

By Royal Opera House

16 March 2011 at 4.36pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged abc of ballet, erico montes, romany pajdak, The Royal Ballet

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  1. hannah kerrigan responded on 18 May 2015 at 1:05am Reply

    Need to know ballet mime

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