actor and mime
most famous for his persona as Bip the Clown.
He was born Marcel Mangel in Strasbourg
to a Jewish family. His parents were Ann Werzberg and Charles Mangel, a kosher butcher. When Marcel was four years old, the family moved to Lille
, but they later returned to Strasbourg. When France entered World War II, Marcel, 16, fled with his family to Limoges
Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man’s destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth... I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish.
Mime makes the invisible, visible and the visible, invisible.
Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it’s music, not words, that provides power.
Music and silence... combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.
In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people.
Never get a mime talking. He won’t stop.
To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.
I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.