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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 21, September 6, 1976.


page 23


Drawing of a face

Photo of Canadian Mime Theatre group

The World Acclaimed

Canadian Mine Theatre

On Tour in NZ

"The Canadian Mime Theatre is an experiment on the premise that theatre is a popular art form, and mat mime is a special theatre art form.

We experiment in all mimetically based theatrical experience, traditional, mask, abstract, vignettes or full plays.

We are not purists, and will add props and costume pieces, music and light effects to the extent that they enhance the theatre of the piece.

From this liberal approach we aspire to eventually evolve a form which will be our own style, economical, meaningful and dynamic.....our contribution to the continuing evolution of contemporary mime."

The New Zealand Students Arts Council happily announces a limited season of the Canadian Mime Theatre. The group will conduct a world tour under the sponsorship of the Canada Council. The tour will take them to Australia for an extensive tour with the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. After negotiations through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, The Canadian Mime Theatre have agreed to visit New Zealand for one week only.

The Canadian Mime Theatre is Canada's national mime company, situated at Niagara on-the-Lake, Ontario. The obvious French influence within Canada makes the C.M.T. one of the more prestigious theatre companies in North America. Their touring schedule take sthem many miles both within and outside Canada. In 1974 the company toured Europe to the critics accalim. This tour will take in New Zealand, Australia, parts of South-East Asia, and a return to Europe early in 1977.

The tour will be led by company founder Adrian Pecknold, commencing in Auckland Saturday September 11. Performances will cater to both younger people and adults alike. Mime is the art form that best exposes, yet expresses, human emotions and movement; more so than any other art form. The Canadian Mime Theatre offers New Zealand audiences the opportunity to witness some of the finest practitioners of this popular art form.

Presented by the New Zealand Arts Council, in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, the Canada Council, and with the support of the Bank of New Zealand.

"No one who has a sense of seeing manking reflected in the revealing and humourous light of comedy and mime should miss the opportunity of experiencing the pleasure given us by the Canadian mime artists during the coming week."

Svend Kragh-Jacobsen, Berlingske Tidende, Copenhagen, Denmark. October 10, 1974