What’s Mime got to do with it?

Willems, Christiaan (2008) What’s Mime got to do with it? In Hutchinson, Jacquie (Ed.) Engendering Leadership: Through Resarch and Practice, Conference Proceedings,, Business School University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, pp. 544-554.

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Abstract

What has Mime got to do with Corporate Communication?

As a professional Mime artist on both stage and screen for more than 25 years, the author has been adapting and applying the techniques of Mime to the corporate communication context over a number of years, coaching corporate CEO’s, Executives and Managers, representing both public and private sector corporations and organisations. This unusual inter-contextual skill transfer is the subject of both a book and series of VODCasts by the author (currently in the final stages of completion), which form part of the author’s Doctoral Research and from which this paper is substantially drawn.

The author’s professional background is multi-disciplinary – encompassing theatre, television, media, music, tertiary education and corporate training contexts. It is also inter-disciplinary – concerned with the commonality of different artistic mediums and forms and how, where and why these professional disciplines: intersect; interact, and inform each other – and therefore how they support each other - rather than losing creative/professional opportunities because of areas where they might conflict.

This paper examines in particular the physicality of presentation and communication – beyond ‘generic’ body-language analysis. It involves the analysis, manipulation and stylisation of human physicality to support and enhance individual inter-professional communication, and how mime performance skills specifically, inform that process.

This paper discusses:-

• how mime skills clarify and enhance inter-professional communication.

• what adaptations need to be applied in that context

• getting a ‘performance’ from ‘non-performers’

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ID Code: 72141
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Body language, Mime, Multidiscipilnary, Professional Communication, Leadership, Corporeal, Physicality
ISBN: 9781740521796
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified (190499)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Christiaan Willems
Deposited On: 28 May 2014 22:47
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2014 18:00

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