Mime Maestro Thiyagarajakumar Ramaswamy

Leadership Stage Mime Theatre and Performance Skills Training

Thiyagarajakumar Ramaswamy's Leadership Stage Mime Theatre and Performance Skills Training

Leadership Stage Mime Theatre and Performance Skills Training Introduction And Program Description

Mime is acting based in gesture and movement. The Leadership Stage Mime Theatre and Performance Skills Training program covers basic mime Theatre isolation exercises for body control and the study of the basic mime techniques of illusion which are created using the elements of tension/relaxation, fixed point, tuc (emphasis), articulation, resistance and compensation (movement of opposites). Solo, partner and group exercises and activities enhance the learning process and can lead towards the creation of performance pieces depending on the length of the training.

The program content includes the following activities:

  • Physical exercises for energy and flexibility
  • Basic mime isolation exercises for body control
  • Basic mime illusionary techniques
  • Mime improvisation and composition
  • Group activities based on different themes
  • Performance skills

Learning Objectives

The Leadership Stage Mime Theatre and Performance Skills Training program aims to introduce participants to the basic elements of mime for the stage. In this process, they will also develop increased focus and concentration capabilities, performance and communication skills, and the ability and opportunity to create. If the Leadership Stage Mime Theatre and Performance Skills Training program is designed for a company, relating the skills of the actor/creator to skills used on the job will be a strong connection throughout. The basic isolation techniques are excellent training for body control and articulation. Classical mime techniques and illusions are a challenge to learn and a joy to watch when performed well. To develop a silent world without the assistance of props and words can stimulate the imagination and creativity, with care to watch out for the pitfalls of falling into the cliché and banal.

Leadership Stage Mime Theatre makes use of many additional elements such as sound, text, and objects to enhance the desired ideas, from the serious and profound, to the experimental and abstract, to the humorous and absurd.

Further objectives will be determined at the beginning of the program based on the needs identified by the participants. Once basic skills are learned and demonstrated, any of the following additional items can be touched upon and developed:

  • Clown
  • Instruments and sound with mime
  • Leadership Stage Storytelling and poetry
  • Kabuki theatre (Japanese traditional form)
  • Learning a repertoire piece (see “Leadership Stage Baaa…Oooo…. Dancing Mime Play “described below)
  • Character work
  • Masks
  • Street mime


  • Lecture/Demonstration
  • Individual, partner and group mime and movement exercises
  • Improvisation and composition
  • Performance and presentations

Ensemble Performance Piece Option - "Leadership Stage Baaa…Oooo…. Dancing Mime Play”

Leadership Stage Baaa…Oooo…. Dancing Mime Play - is a 45-minute production composed by Mime Maestro Thiyagarajakumar Ramaswamy. During our 15-year history, it was the most popular and long-lasting piece in our repertoire. It would be possible to do the same for your organization or company, incorporating it as part of a larger performance, or to be presented as a stand-alone piece. It is dynamic, a challenge to perform, and needs a minimum of 14 mime performers. It can be performed with an audio tape or by a group of live musicians or a larger group with various instruments.

It is an experimental Leadership Stage Mime Theatre piece, more like a dance, and is abstract in form with recognizable motifs of a day-in-the-life of a working person.The movement piece has a structure of 65 movements. It is performed in conjunction with the musical score, which has 65 notes. 

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