Last week Craig’s List in Park Slope displayed an advertisement for a job that few people are now qualified to do. Miming is a much maligned profession, one might even say that mimes are a pariah in the world of street performers. When I was a small child in the 1970s it seemed there was a surplus of the silent sojourners in every city park and public space but when the world started to change and the self obsessed eighties took hold, the miming community fell on hard times.
Now in the twenty-first century mimes are a target of ridicule on internet sites, some mocking them as aliens with telepathic mind control powers and others simply espousing their naked hatred for them. Fortunately now there are pro-mime sites such as the World of Mime Theatre that brings together performers from around the world and features directories of worldwide theatres, venues and resources. The art is also being introduced to a new generation through instructional sites such as WikiHow (How to Mime) which describes it as “one of the most ancient forms of theatre, appearing around the time of the Greek tragedies.”
If you are interested in applying for the mime position please provide a photo or video link of your performance to email@example.com