Companies Pas de Dieux and Mangano-Massip present:
Started in June, 2010, Mim’provisation grew out of the personal necessities of mime artists to improvise and challenge themselves and their craft. While contact improvisations, improvisational theatre, and breakdance battles already exist; Mim’provisation fills a gap and breathes fresh light air to the universe of physical expression. On this stage of corporeal improvisation, the intensity of a battle in front of a very critical audience results in poetic construction and unique expression. Rather than virtuosic performance measures, improvisational play focuses more on how the imaginary springs to life.
We are living in a post-modern era of mime where the original modern masters like Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau, Jacques Lecoq, and Henryk Tomaszewski have passed away, and where the art of mime has evolved into budding interdisciplinary variations such as mime-dance, clown mime, abstract mime, and physical theatre. Mim’provisation offers an encounter for today’s vast array of artists and their unique forms, personalities, and talent to come together to witness, share and play together. And through this live challenge and dialogue, a more heightened level of beauty and creative surprise blooms.
For the unsuspecting audience, Mim’provisation will awaken the imagination and touch the soul from laughter to amazement. Witnessing some of the best mime artists, they participate in the process of evolution of the contemporary mime that yearns to redefine itself beyond the dominant stereotype of the “white-masked pantomime”.
The event takes place in two parts:
In the first part, a group of selected or “invited” mime artists demonstrate their skills. They are guided by an invited master of ceremony.
In the second part, the public become the actors and are invited to improvise, in duo, trios according to a given theme.
Our Partners :
From a spectator’s perspective
The excellent initiative of the companies Pas de Dieux, Autour du Mime and Mime de Rien played to a full house on June 17, 2010 at the Akuarium. It is in a very hospitable atmosphere (thanks to the talent of the host of the venue, Maxime Nourrisat) that the professionals were thrown into the fray of a corporeal improvisation in front of a watching audience. Grouped in three hats, the themes, the rules of play, and the number of mimes and musicians on stage, are drawn by chance by the members of the audience. Orchestrated rigorously with the utmost simplicity and with a huge generosity, the mimes, who come from all parts of France, present themselves to the joy of the audience both novices and experts alike. The first part is consecrated to professionals to kick off a rich show of movement supported musically to the extent of supplanting the corporeal conflicts of visual and sound dialogues between actors –and muscians.
The second part, open to amateurs of all ages, were not only nourished by themes emanating from the public but were mixed with the professional mimes and musicians of the first part. Pas de Dieux and Autour du Mime have succeeded, at the Akuarium, in creating a magnificent intergenerational overture that crosses the practices of many horizons well beyond the chapel arguments of the summer.
-Etienne Bonduelle, Centre de Nouveau Mime, Lettres d’information n°43 – 44
Poster: Pierre-Yves Massip
Photos: Jemina Boraccino, Stéphan Piera, Guisy Pignotti
Professionals and amateurs from the audience encounter for an unforgettable moment of mime and improvisation.Dordogne Libre
A battle that delimits barriers!Etienne Bonduelle, Centre de Nouveau Mime
Up and Coming Events:
November 20, 2015 at 8pm
26 rue André Joineau 26, Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, Île-de-France
Metro Hoche (line 5) 5 mins walking
Biennale des Arts du mime et du geste
Other Event Locations
Mimos Festival, Périgeux
Théâtre du Samovar, Bagnolet
MPAA, St. Germain, Paris
Théâtre Diagonal, Lille France
Physical Fest, Liverpool
UK BE Fest, Birmingham, UK
20 November 2015, Akuarium, Le Pré St- Gervais
22 June 2014, Akuarium, Le Pré St- Gervais
28 novembre 2013, Akuarium
19 octobre 2013, Micadanses
23 March 2013, MPAA/St. Germain
9 February 2013, MPAA/St. Germain
18 January 2013, Théâtre du Samovar
14 December 2012, Micadanses
23 November 2012, Théâtre du Samovar
2-4 August 2012, Mimos Festival, Perigeux
2 July 2012, BE Festival, Birmingham, UK
15 June 2012
5 May 2012
23 March 2012
24 February 2012
18 November 2011
7 October 2011
15 July 2011, BE Festival, Birmingham, UK
14 May 2011
9 April 2011
18 February 2011
17 December 2010
30 October 2010
17 June 2010
The company Pas de Dieux brings from France a unique event of corporeal improvisation: an encounter between dance, theatre, mime, and live music, both professionals and amateurs. The goal is to encounter the unexpected and improvise a play. This unusual rendezvous of live performing artists and musicians is also open to the participation of the audience to discover the art of corporeal improvisation. Wham Bam! is not built around a demonstration of virtuous skills and techniques, but rather yearns to burst open the immediate present through the poetic space that opens between the encounter of the mime, actor, dancer, and musician. It is a place that is built from listening for the unexpected, where taking risks reverberates with the joy of playing.
The artists improvising are always selected before the event. They should posses a developed corporeal language and imagination, as well as the joy of improvising.
The evening is divided into two parts:
First Part (Invited artists only)
We invite corporeal artists and musicians with extensive training of all form types: dance, mime, circus, music, and voice, who have already demonstrated a high capacity to improvise. Drawn from a hat, they encounter each other by chance in combinations of 1, 2, or 3, 4 or even the entire group. Each group has three to five minutes to develop a theme. Afterwards, the random selection begins again.
Intermission – Bar.
Second Part (Open to the public, professionals or amateurs)
The members of the public who have witnessed the first part and want to improvise will submit their name as an actor or a musician or even both categories. They will be paired with one of the improvisors of the First Part in a random selection of duos and or trios along with a selection of musicians. They also will have three to five minutes to develop a given theme. There is no fear.
Everyone is Welcome!
Poster: Pierre-Yves Massip
Photos: Jemina Boraccino, Stéphan Piera, Guisy Pignotti
Photo Credits: Luc Barrovecchio
Up and Coming Events:
Genres: Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Mime, Dance, Music
Public: general admission
Duration: 90 – 120 minutes
Direction and Concept Creation : Won Kim
Assistant Creator : Joel Sitbon
Previous Venue Locations:
Comme Vous Emoi, Montreuil
Le Centre de Marc Sangnier, Paris
Le Théâtre du Verre, Paris
Other Cities Where Wham Bam happens regularly:
Porto Alegre, BrazilIf you are interested in bringing Wham Bam to your city, please contact
Inspired by Wham Bam created in 2008 in Paris by Won Kim assisted by Joël Sitbon, MetaFora presents a new form of improvisational theatre based on corporeal and vocal expression. Unlike the ‘battles’ that focus on virtuosic performance, the stage intensity result from the challenge of bringing to life a metaphor. In front of an audience, the actors/dancers/singers/musicians have only a few minutes to transport the audience into a poetic universe.
Metaphor, “Meta” derives from the Greek meaning “across, and after,” and “phor” (pherō), meaning “I bear, carry”. “Metafora” is the Portuguese translation. While it carries the same sense as in English, “Meta” can also mean “goal” and “fora” mean “outside”. Thus, the goal of the metaphors is to stretch the boundaries of the imagination beyond the habitual and the mundane. It is going “in through the outdoor” according to Led Zeppelin.
For theatre, dance, and music professionals, MetaFora represents a need to improvise and challenge themselves and their craft. It is also a forum to discover new talent, create a true exchange, and inspire new possibilities. Rather than measuring and actor through his popularity, the audience will measure his capacity to play.
We are living in a post-modern era of theatre and dance where the boundaries between the two are giving way to more interdisciplinary forms. MetaFora offers an encounter for today’s vast array of performing artists and their unique forms, personalities, and talent to come together to witness, share and play together. And through this live challenge and dialogue, a more heightened level of beauty and creative surprise blooms.
For the unsuspecting audience, MetaFora will awaken the imagination and touch the soul from laughter to amazement. Witnessing some of the best performing artists, they participate in the process of evolution of the contemporary live performance that yearns to redefine itself beyond the dominant stereotypes.
The event takes place in two parts:
In the first part, a group of selected or “invited” performing artists play together based on random hat selection.
In the second part, the “invited” performing artists improvise with volunteers of the public in duo, trios.
MetaFora is inspired by :
Wham Bam, created Paris in 2008 by Won KIM assisted by Joël Sitbon, Cie. Pas de Dieux;
Partners: Arts en Scène, Lyon, France,
Francis Leonesi, Paris
Bringing Metaphors to Life through Corporeal Improvisation
Date(s) and Time : May 14, 8pm
Location : Micadanses, 15 Rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004 Paris
Studio May B
Genres : Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Mime, Dance, Music
Public : General Audience
Length : 90 – 120 minutes
Entrance : 5 €
October 23, 2015, 8pm
Micadanses, 15 Rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004 Paris
Studio May B
More info on Micadanses site (French)
Biennale d’Arts du Mime et du Geste
November, 2013, at ITI, Singapore
August, 2013, at ITI, Singapore
Kang San-eh Concert in Paris
at Divan du Monde, Paris
From Pure Rock, a profound Blues, and a touch of Funk….
Kang San-eh, Legend of Korean Rock and Folk, is presented for the first time in Europe. To celebrate his 20 years of his career, he has chosen to slap awake the Parisian public with his deep voice during a very unique concert experience. From Japan to the Philippines and of course Korea, this free spirit is known as one of the most creative singer/songwriter of his generation. Never fixed to a style, he reinvents his music with each album, which reflect his artistic encounters and influences.
Above all, this artist known as “the Bob Dylan of Korea” has a talent of capturing the public and never letting them go till the very end.
Opening Act: TELEFERIK vist website
Why is Pas de Dieux producing a Kang San-eh concert?
Since 1998, Kang San-eh has long been a friend before the creation of Pas de Dieux. We met in the downtown district of Los Angeles through a Korean fine artist Youn Woo Chaa, whom San-eh was visiting for an extended period of time. And thus, we shared many adventures.
One evening, at a stuffy diner event at the Korean Embassy in Los Angeles, San-eh was suddenly called out for an impromptu song. No warning, no band, no guitar, he was handed a microphone. Not wanting to let the guests down, he took the mike reluctantly. With a deep breath, he then brought the audience into a rhythm. And then the magic began, he lit up his voice. His fire was so bright that we all forgot that there really wasn’t a band. Imagine sixty-year old Korean business men in three piece suits and diamond cladded wives clapping their hands and crying in joy.
This indelible moment resonates as deeply as seeing a Decroux mime, a truly autonomous artist who has freed himself from the entrapping of accessories in expressing his art. The connection with his body, his voice, his spirit and the audience is all that is required to witness something extraordinary. There is no real formula, he constantly experiments and always surprises. But more importantly, he has a very clear and subtle sense of “justesse” (knowing the right measure) not only as an artist but as a true friend and human being. His lyrics and his music have strongly influenced our theatre creations. His spirit of resistance against the pop-culture machine and governmental injustices has inspired us to continue creating despite the harsh realities of trying to create artistic theater: lack of funds, waning popularity, and the onslaught of marketed entertainment.
If the West has Bob Dylan and Ben Harper, the East has Kang San-eh. It is with a deep pleasure to invite you to reach across the boundaries of art and geography to discover kindred spirits that inspire us to continue on our path less travelled.
KANG SAN-‐EH BAND
Drums : Ki Tae LEE
Keys : Kyung Chun KO
Bassist : Jae Hyeon MIN
Guitar : In Jae BANG
Organisation: Won KIM, Iseo YOUN, Jemina BORACCINO
Press : Jemina BORACCINO
Assistant production : Narae CHOI
French-Korean Press: Yoon Park, The team of Korean Cultural Center, France
Video Editing : Anthony Dausseur
Volunteers : Jongsu Lee, Arno Vincendo, Tamas Forrai, Géraldine Denis, Ray Lin, Jung-hyun Lee, Min-ok Ahn, Kook-hea Chang, Sang-hyun Nam, Eun‐jin Kim, Myung‐ah Kang, Soo‐hye Moon
With the Proud Support of:
December 5, 2012 – 7:30pm
Le Divan du Monde
75 Rue de Martyrs
From beginning to the end, Kang San-eh has succeeded in creating an unique vibe with the audience, a surprising sense of intimacy…Orient Extrême
The proudest representation of the Korean independent scene.Gong TV
Kang San-eh has left an indelible mark on the French public with his first concert in Europe.Soompi
The music of Kang San-eh, an intimate mirror of the Korean soul
Kang San-eh expresses through his music a need to transmit a profound intimate writing and does so with a feroce vocal force. At the same time very close and respectful of the popular Korean traditions, he also stretches the boundaries of rock and contemporary influences to present an eclectic mix that is generalized as “Korean folk-rock”.
His first album (Laguyo) reunites the older and newer Korean generations through a pain theme, that of the division of the country. His second album, (Neon hal su isseo: “You can do it”) breathed courage and hope to those who had to endure the difficulties of the 90s. In his third album, (Pitagi), he hopes to lash out a critical message against the social chaos. In 1998, his fourth album (Yeonuh: “Salmon”), the salmon who swims upstream symbolizes the social countercurrents against the austere policies of the post IMF crisis (financial crisis). In the following albums, he references the folk songs of the 70s and 80s, where the Korean soul of an older and obsolete generation is revived. With traditional instruments, he embarks in a presenting a truly unique style.
On stage, he delivers a Korean explosive that can be felt by everyone regardless of age, from children to retirees. Thus, his concerts which include the participation of the spectators remain a true live experience that garners true public affection.
Off stage, he is engaged in supporting independent groups, searching thus to preserve the diversity of the Korean music against the stamping machine of mainstream commercial music.
Since 2003, he embarked on a tour throughout Asia to encounter musicians of diverse horizons: Chinese, Japanese, Philippines and Indians. He then participated in a documentary “Shout of Asia” which aired in Japan in April 2005. This event has led to active collaborations with numerous artists originating from all part of Asia.
The music of Kang San-eh transcends the divides of generations and cultures. It touches a timeless message that can extend far beyond Korea.
1992 Vol.0 Laguyo
1994 Vol.1 Nanun sachungi (I am a teenager)
1996 Vol.2 Pitagi
1998 Vol.3 Yeonuh (saumon)
1999 Vol.4 Haluachim – remake album
2001 Vol.5 Best Live
2002 Vol.6 Kang Young-gul
2008 Vol.7 Mulsugun (Wet towel)
2011 mini-album KISS
Photo Credits: Jemina Boraccino, Cyril Zannettacci, and images from “Pink” directed by Soo-il Jeon