G r e g g  G o l d s t o n  &  H a r u k a   M o r i y a m a

                F e s t i v a l  M a s t e r  C l a s s

 

 

To celebrate the first My Mime Festival in Warsaw in collaboration with the 16th Annual Mime Art Festival, Gregg Goldston and Haruka Moriyama have created a special Master Class Session for the Advanced Mime performer and Choreographer.

 

Gregg and Haruka, who have now worked closely together for 16-years, have spent the past three years diagramming the physicality of Etienne Decroux’s technique; and blending it with the multi-layered acting method, and stage projection of Marcel Marceau.  This process has enabled them to create a systematic way of teaching artists how to quickly apply the most essential elements to their own personal style and playwriting enabling them to reach a higher level of professionalism and power in performance.
 

Goldston’s 40-years of performance experience as both a soloist and company choreographer demonstrate and discuss how “mime is read” or “absorbed” by an audience during a live performance. 

Consequently, the participants will learn how to better create a play that is more “logically clear” to the viewer.  

As well, Haruka and Gregg have studied the unique differences and similarities between the male and female mime personas.  Expanding upon these textures of perspective and life experience can help an artist broaden both their character work and choreographic subjects.  

 

Finally, the work and system taught here, is a universal one.  It is a method applicable to all styles and schools of mime.  In fact, Goldston has taught this system of tools and performance techniques to film actors, ballet dancers, cabaret singers and comedians.  All this is to say that the method taught here…is both mime, and beyond mime at the same time, and that it is applicable to all forms of stage performance.

 

Those attending the Master Class Session can expect to leave knowing how to:

  • Become visually larger than life.
  • Reach the back row of a 500-seat theater.
  • Charm an audience.
  • Bring an audience close to tears.
  • Create a comedy sequence. 
  • Turn a thought process into visual music.
  • Create an invisible world while rarely needing to touch it.
  • Magnify props and scenery by making yourself larger than them.
Photo Kasia Cegiełkowska

G R E G G   G O L D S T O N

 

In 1975, Gregg Goldston saw a performance by Marcel Marceau and immediately began his pursuit of the art of mime.  Born in Los Angeles, Gregg first trained under Richmond Shepard in Hollywood, then moved to Salt Lake City.  By 1979, he had written and produced three two-hour solo performances, opened his own mime studio, and began touring his show throughout the Western States of the USA.  In 1980, the Ohio Arts Council encouraged Gregg to relocate his Mime Foundation and School for Mimes to Ohio.  From 1980 forward, Gregg continued to his “One-Mime Show” across the United States and later Internationally.  In 1986, he created “The Invisible People,” a 7-member mime company that toured Nationally and Internationally until 1997.

 

In 1999, Gregg moved to New York City.  He presented his performance and continued to teach Mime and Comedy at his NY Mime Studio.  In 2007, Goldston and Haruka Moriyama Co-Founded “The Funny Bones Mime Trio” for the Lincoln Center's "Meet the Artist" Series and in 2014, the co-authored a new show titled: The History of Modern Mime.

 

In 1980, he founded The Goldston School for Mimes Summer Intensive in Ohio.  The School hosted Five Two-Week Summer Seminars by the legendary Marcel Marceau, who stated to the press: “Goldston is creating the first generation of American Mimes.”  In 2000, Gregg was an Assistant Performer to Marcel Marceau during his 2000 to 2002 USA tours.  In 2004, Goldston performed lead roles during a week of the final performances of the Marcel Marceau Nouvelle Compagnie de Mimodrame in the USA.

 

In 2008, Gregg Goldston and Bartłomiej Ostapczuk created “The School of Modern Mime” Summer Intensive. 

In 2013, Goldston and Haruka Moriyama created “The Goldston Moriyama Mime Intensive” and staged a 

Two-Week Intensive outside of Rome, and in 2014, they held a second Intensive in Berlin, Germany.

 

In 2015, He premiered his first Full-Length Evening performance: “Weeping in Silence” at the 15th Annual Mime Art Festival in Warsaw.  Currently, Gregg Goldston and Haruka Moriyama are working to take the “Weeping in Silence” style deeper, are Co-Authoring a full-length mime company performance titled: “Sonatas of Love.”

H A R U K A   M O R I Y A M A

 

Haruka began her mime training with Gregg Goldston in 2000. She continued working with Goldston, studying mime, comedy, and playwriting at his Studio, and through private coaching. The artistic relationship that developed during this era continues to this day. She also spent a year in Paris at "Le Mime Corporeal Dramatique" with Ivan Bacciocchi. And at The School for Mime Theatre Summer Intensive in Ohio.

Her unique gift for mime led Goldston to invite her to collaborate with him to develop new choreographic concepts and techniques. In 2007, Haruka and Gregg co-founded “The Funny Bones Mime Trio” for the Lincoln Center's "Meet the Artist" Series. They were also commissioned to create a new show, titled: The History of Modern Mime, for season 2014-15. Haruka and Kuni Mikami, an acclaimed jazz pianist, created “iMimenation”, a Mime-Jazz program and they toured their show internationally.

In 2013, Gregg and Haruka created the Goldston Moriyama Intensive and held a two-week Seminar near Rome, Italy and in Berlin, Germany. Haruka also created “The Goldston Moriyama Blog for Mime” to share the advanced information with the mime world. This blog is currently read in 87 countries.

Currently, Haruka Moriyama and Gregg Goldston are Co-Authoring a full-length mime company performance titled: Sonatas of Love.

 

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