A Harlequin Mime

Last weekend was the Buskerfest in Toronto. Each year my family and I go to have a look at the various acts, and to enjoy a little entertainment. I always enjoy the mimes: their stillness, their movements, their costumes. This year we saw a harlequin who was playing an accordion.

A Harlequin Mime. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A Harlequin Mime. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Each time a person put a coin in the bucket, the mime would move and play a little of the accordion.

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A Harlequin Mime playing the Accordion. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoyed the music: it had a little feeling of old France to it.

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Close up of accordion playing. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

While waiting for coin to be dropped in the bucket, the mime would pose. Each pose we saw was different.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Waiting for coin. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Many people surrounded this mime, waiting for movement.

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A Harlequin Mime (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We watched for a while. My children were fascinated by both the stillness and movement.

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Close-up of a Harlequin Mime. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I appreciate the mimes at the Buskerfest: the time they have put into their costume; and the time they have spent practising their craft.

Do you enjoy watching Mimes?

(I would like to dedicate this post to two fellow bloggers: Belinda at Busy Mind Thinking who is often housebound; and Julie who blogs at Wings and Things who is going through a hard time at the moment.) 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013


33 thoughts on “A Harlequin Mime

  1. Mimes are incredible, Colline. 🙂 These days they are outnumbered by the “statues” you now see everywhere, and with which I’m becoming a litlle bored. Nice of you to dedicate this post to friends who are having a hard time.


    1. I prefer the mimes to statues – they are a little more interesting to look at than those people who just stand still.
      After reading some blogs this morning before writing my own blog post, I had the idea of cheering up two bloggers when I saw what a difficult day they had had. I am thankful my pictures made them smile a little 🙂


  2. Yes, this does remind me of France as well. Very much so. If you wish for more of same, closer to home, visit Quebec City during the summer. The city is small but reminiscent of Paris. Many people collect in large groups and enjoy the activities of many buskers around the city.

    This is an every summer adventure for us over the last few years.


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