Guerassim Dichliev 

The Artist

Born in 1968 in Svilengrad, Bulgaria, Guérassim Dichliev began his studies at the Alba Mime Studio in Sofia in 1989. Very early on, he had roles in a number of the company’s performances.  From 1991 to 1993 he was a student that at the National Academy of Theater and Cinema in Sofia where he participated in both mime and theater performances. At the same time, he performed in plays such as Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author or Shakespeare’s Hamlet

From 1993 to 1996, his mime training continued at the Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame in Paris, where he was discovered by Marcel Marceau. He quickly became a professor and assistant to Mime Marceau, a position that he was to hold until the school closed in 2005.

Since 1995, he has collaborated, performed, created and staged various performances, including the unforgettable Bip et Pantomime de style with Marcel Marceau.

Concurrently with his performance work, he began to work in film as a performer and mime coach for actors, including Marie Trintignant and Jacques Higelin, for the roles of Colette and Georges Wague in the film Colette by Nadine Trintignant, produced in the summer of 2003.

The Mime Studio

In 2001, he started his own mime course in Paris at the Centre de Danse du Marais where he  taught cross-disciplinary courses based on his background in two techniques particular to the mime  actor, those of Mime Marceau and Etienne Decroux.

These techniques hinge on thought  guiding movement, whose musicality and weight record emotion, decomposition and the  tri-dimensionality of movement (“muscular comedy”, the "weight of the soul” and the "poetic halo” of the actor-mime,) and which come together in the classroom to help the participants learn to master their bodies on stage.  

His performance Un mime raconte is comprised of 10 burlesque scenes in which the character is always faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Stage center:  the violinist, the pianist, the conductor, the cook, life, hands, a balcony in Venice, on the phone, the cage, the toreador.

Family audience, children 6 and up.

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