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Karen Kolasinski IAH 241D April 22, 2010 There are many different types of theater; the two that I will be discussing are miming and Boal’s theater of the oppressed. Both types of theater have many different types that can be performed. It all really depends on who is performing it. There are many similarities and differences between miming and Boal’s types of theater. Miming is very similar to theater of the oppressed in the way that the original mimes were oppressed people. Both of these types of theatre started because of poorer people. They were not created by a rich sob for rich people to watch. They were created to entertain everyone and to get a point across. While watching both the miming exercises in class and they five students act out words to demonstrate the theatre of the oppressed, it showed that both are very similar when it comes to using your body to tell a story.
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Unformatted text preview: For the most part, mimes do not use any words while acting; they never speak. They use their body motions to act out what they are trying to say or how they are feeling. Many mimes paint their faces white and draw designs with black on their faces so it is easier to distinguish emotions through facial expressions. Unlike in miming, in Boal’s types of theaters, it is acceptable for the actors to speak instead of just acting out their emotions. Theater of the oppressed is very political. The actors use their skits to address politic, controversial issues. “This method uses theatre as means of knowledge and transformation of the interior reality in the social and relational field.” (2). Conclusion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mime_artist 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_the_Oppressed...
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