What is Pantomime Basic Principles

Pantomime: A play or entertainment in which the performers express themselves mutely by gestures, often to the accompaniment of music.

Basic Principles of Body Language

Your chest is the key to all bodily actions.Your wrists lead most hand gestures.Move your elbows away from your body when making hand or arm gestures.Except on specific occasions when it is necessary for communication, do not gesture above your head or below you waist.Opposite action emphasizes physical movement. Pulling your arm back before delivering a punch makes it more emphatic.Positive emotions (love, courage) are obvious through a high chest and head, broad gestures, and animated facial expressions.Negative emotions (hate, fear, suffering) contract and twist the body and are obvious through a sunken chest, tense movement, restricted gestures and drawn facial expressions.Facial expressions usually precede physical actions.Whenever possible avoid covering your face.Always keep the audience in mind and direct actions towards them.

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