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Title: Smallest Thing
Item I.D.: SMT_30
Original format: VHS
Description: Choreographed and performed by the Seattle Mime Theatre.
In 1977, Richard “Rick” Davidson, Elizabeth Roth, Bruce Wylie and Pat Tyler began the Seattle Mime Theatre. Roth and Davidson had studied with Tony Montanaro and Jacque Lecoq, and Wylie had trained with Leonard Pitt. The company performed throughout the United States and abroad for both adults and children. Bruce was a principal performer and co-artistic director of the Seattle Mime Theater from its inception in 1977, a time when Mime was a dynamic force in experimental theatre. As a creator, director and performer, Bruce was involved in the creation of dozens of original works that constantly pushed the boundaries of movement theatre. The company also worked with Choreographer Pat Graney, Improviser Matt Smith, and Director RitaGiomi, amongst others, and performed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, at at the Edinburgh FringeFestival, where he met his wife, Dancer/Choreographer Sally Sykes. As a stage designer, he created props,sets, and costumes, including a 20 foot revolving teeter totter, a giant hydraulic trampoline bed and a 10-foot set of walkable chicken legs. The Seattle Mime Theater core troupe (Bruce Wylie, Rick Davidson, Mik Kuhlman) was located in their own theatre (the Seattle Mime Theatre) on Capitol Hill for many years.
Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.