Question by  diamond90 (309)

What is the history of pantomime?


Answer by  ArdenCabbel (7)

Pantomime originated in the time of Thespis (who also brought acting into a form of entertainment). From Thespis, the Greeks relied heavily upon pantomime to fully realize the drama's they were producing, as some of the fantastical things that were being represented could not be efficiently (or inexpensively) produced.


Answer by  Ken56 (1160)

It goes back at least to the ancient Greeks. The first performance on record of pantomime was done by the actor Telestes in the play "Seven Againts Thebes" by Aeschylus.


Answer by  CLEV (405)

Pantomine is Greek in its origin, but it's influence can be traced to one person, Grimaldi. Grimaldi was a famous clown that took pantomime to a level of popular consciousness.


Answer by  amar53 (48)

Connected with the Italian "Commedia dell' Arte and also to the Music halls Britain. Much of it came from these two sources and was combined with inpromptu acts of performance


Answer by  Ginny (2251)

It originated in Ancient Greece and Rome as entertainment that told stories including comedies, tragedies and erotica, all accompanied by music. It was looked down upon by literary intellectuals.

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