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Thread #97258 Message #1995596
Posted By: Bernard
13-Mar-07 - 02:02 PM
Thread Name: Lip-synching: Art or Rip-off?
Subject: RE: Lip-synching: Art or Rip-off?
I suppose it depends upon what you've gone to see... if it's a stage show with lots of choreography, miming has been common practice for decades - the long defunct British 'Black and White Minstrels Show' being a case in point. The 'singers' were miming whether it was a 'live' stage show or a TV production (a friend of mine used to be their Stage Manager). Sometimes the singers were live, but offstage, other times it was entirely mimed to a recording, depending upon the venue.
The idea is not that you are watching a concert, which would be more static, but you are watching a spectacular with musical backing.
Horses for courses...
I'm with Stewart on this - I'd rather watch a good honest performance, rather than dancers and actors faking it. There can be, as he suggested, a good reason for miming - exceptions always prove a rule.