Mime vs Pantomime



Talking about arts, there are many ways on how to convey creativity and originality. One form of art is through mime and pantomime. People often misunderstood the meaning of these arts since they are homonyms, which connotes terms that have similar sounds but differ in their definitions.

  Mime Pantomime


Where it came from Greek  word “mimos” imitator,actor Greek ‘pantomimos’ imitates all
Meaning Person (usually theater) who relies on  bodily motions and movement  to enact the story without saying words ·         Theatrical silent comedy  which leans more towards family enjoyment

·         Art that is fun


Usual content Forces of Life  and Complex meanings Imaginary Props and People
Paticipatory No Yes, audience are ask to say phrases or sing along
Noise Less loud louder

When we say mime, it is a demonstration of an emotion or tells a story whereas the performer uses only his actions, gestures, and facial expression in delivering the art. Usually, it is conveyed using a costume to emphasize the character even more. In contrast with the pantomime, it is also being performed through actions and gestures but it does not emphasize the facial expression. The performer is wearing a mask all throughout the show. A mime can perform even on streets but a pantomime usually renders its performance on stage. Oftentimes, the pantomime requires a vibrant and stylish costumes to beautifully and dramatically convey the emotions of the story. Mime being performed in Roman, Italy, and France while pantomime is being performed mostly in the United Kingdom. Some performers of pantomime are popular in gender swapping and they danced gorgeously aside from conveying only bodily movements.


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