The earliest mimes originated in ancient Greece where they performed the art of pantomimus, a solo art form featuring a masked dancer. Performances of pantomimus, which is translated as "imitating all," involved music and dance, and they were not necessarily silent as they are in modern times.Continue Reading
During the Italian renaissance, a new type of mime came about with the creation of the improvisational theater known as Commedia dell'arte. This became a popular performance type throughout Europe and England but was primarily established in Paris. It was a common performance of fairgrounds and traveling troupes and placed emphasis on music rather than spoken dialog in order to keep costs down. In the early 1800s, Parisian mime Jean-Gaspard Deburau solidified many of the elements recognized in modern mimes, including silent performances and white, painted faces. Étienne Decroux, a student of Jacques Copeau, dedicated his life to developing corporeal mime, a type of pantomime using the human body to express emotion.
During the era of silent films, pantomime was commonly used by actors such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton when spoken dialog could not yet be captured on film. Many of these actors studied the art of pantomime for theatrical performances prior to working with motion pictures.Learn more about Inventions
Isaac R. Johnson is recognized as the inventor of a patented form for a folding bicycle frame that is recognizable as the common contemporary bicycle. However, few records exist of his life. He is famous for being a black inventor in the United States before the equal rights movements occurred. He patented his invention on Oct. 10, 1899.Full Answer >
Historians believe harp-like instruments emerged in ancient Egypt around 3000 B.C. and then appeared in their modern angled form in Asia around 1500 B.C. Harps depicted on cave drawings from ancient Egypt were structured like hunting bows, which are the objects historians credit with inspiring the shape of the harp. However, Asians refined the harp's shape by adding a sound box and solid pillar for support.Full Answer >
The form of baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate as it is known today, was first produced by Nicolas Leblanc, a French chemist in 1791. It was first mass-produced in a factory in1846 by John Dwight and Austin Church in New York.Full Answer >
A crude form of math was first invented by the Sumerians in the sixth century BC. Because the Sumerians had developed a settled, agricultural civilization, they needed math as a way to measure plots of land, tax individuals, chart the sky and develop a lunar calendar.Full Answer >