performance art http://michiganradio.org en Michigan mime teaches Olympians to bring emotion to the ice http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-mime-teaches-olympians-bring-emotion-ice <p>What do Olympic ice dancers who train in Michigan have to do with Michael Lee?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He's a professional mime and physical acting coach. Lee</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has worked with 10 of the 24 figure skating ice dance teams at the </span>Sochi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 2014 Winter Olympics. That includes Michigan natives Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-figure-skaters-set-world-record-sochi">won a gold medal</a>&nbsp;this year.&nbsp;Lee also works with Tessa Virtue and Scott </span>Moir<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Canada, who won silver.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hese are professional skaters," said Lee. "They move beautifully, but at the beginning they don’t move as if they are performing, and that’s what I’m about."</span></p><p>Lee&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">helps the skaters become performers by teaching them how to animate their bodies. He himself learned miming from the</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;late Marcel Marceau, an acclaimed French mime.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">To learn more about Lee click <a href="http://www.michaelleemime.com/">here</a>.</span></p><p>Watch as Lee explains the physical acting techniques he shows the ice dancers.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59kk8O26f-U&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 16568 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan mime teaches Olympians to bring emotion to the ice Now showing in Flint...Emergency managers: the play! http://michiganradio.org/post/now-showing-flintemergency-managers-play <p>Artists are often idealists, but in Flint this weekend, a new theater company is trying something really optimistic.</p><p>They’ve written a play about…emergency managers.</p><p>Sure, it may not be the sexiest topic, but it’s got people talking.</p><p><strong>"There's this overwhelming sense of apathy."</strong></p><p>Like us, for example. I sat in with an auditorium full of ninth graders from Beecher High School as they got a sneak peak.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Kate Wells 11577 at http://michiganradio.org Now showing in Flint...Emergency managers: the play! ArtPrize update: “performance” art features real wedding and website snag extends voting http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-update-%E2%80%9Cperformance%E2%80%9D-art-features-real-wedding-and-website-snag-extends-voting <p>Voting for ArtPrize was supposed to end today. But the website has been down on and off throughout the day.&nbsp; So voting to narrow down the &ldquo;top ten&rdquo; continues until tomorrow at 4p.m.</p><p>There are a lot more &lsquo;sound&rsquo; and &lsquo;performance&rsquo; art in ArtPrize this year.<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/year-try-listening-artprize"> I highlight &lsquo;sound&rsquo; last week</a>, so over the weekend I caught <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rivercityimprov#!/rivercityimprov">River City Improv&rsquo;s </a>performance called &ldquo;Congratulations&rdquo;.</p><p><font color="#0071b3"><a href="http://vimeo.com/29634955">http://vimeo.com/29634955</a></font></p><p><strong> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 02:14:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4358 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize update: “performance” art features real wedding and website snag extends voting