Monday, September 24, 2007

Marcel Marceau 1923-2007: Today's Cartoon

In some of the media tributes to Marcel Marceau, it was mentioned that the world-famous mime was a huge "inspiration" to pop-star Michael Jackson. Now, I have to admit that at first I was a little taken aback by this disturbing revelation... until I finally realized that they were actually talking about the "moonwalk" :)

Much as it seems to be the case with Luciano Pavarotti, the passing of Marcel Marceau is more than just the loss of a great performer, it is the loss of a symbol for an entire medium. Like Pavarotti, Marceau's talent was not just his ability to perform, but to showcase a classical art form in such a manner that was both accessible and influential to an entirely new generation.

For his part, Marceau was credited for helping to inspire "breakdancing" in the 1980's, which went on to evolve into a key component of today's hip hop culture... Not bad work for a pasty-white frenchman.

You know, I always wondered why I found so many hip hop artists annoying, but now it makes perfect sense... they're all descendants of street mimes! ;)

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