A second season of pantomime art starts in the House of Actors, where the best Ukrainian mimes, directed by Volodymyr Kryukov, will show their mastery. Ukrainian mimes, as all mimes in the world, considered themselves followers of France’s Marcel Marceau. In turn, the famous Frenchman learned from Charlie Chaplin, who founded the image of “small man.” Marcel Marceau’s main image was a clown with white face in an old hat and striped sweater called Bip. This image was born in 1947 and remained unchanged for more than 60 years.
Marceau performed on the best stages of the world. He toured a lot and was one of the few actors invited to the Soviet Union in 1957. In 1978, Marceau established the International School of Mimodrame of Paris, where mimes from all over the world came to study. In 1996, he started a foundation to support pantomime in the United States. The French Government conferred upon Marceau its highest honor, making him an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 1998, President Jacques Chirac named Marceau a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit.
At the age of 84, Marcel Marceau died at his home in Cahors, France, on Sept. 22, 2007. His burial ceremony was accompanied by Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, and the sarabanda dance of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5.
House of Actor
7 Yaroslaviv Val
Oct. 23, 7 p.m.Tickets Hr 40 to Hr 90.
Oksana Faryna for "Kyiv Post"