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The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 10, 1981-Page 9

Silence is golden for
new '' mime trou,

pe

(Continued from Page 8)
I'm not a clown."
ASSISTANT THEATRE Prof. Jamie
Reynolds also says mime is an art. "It's
unique. A lot of people try to branch it
over to acting and dance, but it's an art.
Its simplicity is in its beauty. People
can't say something unless they can say
it simply."
:Reynolds, an expert in mime, is ac-
ting as an advisor' to the troupe. He
belives the study of mime is essential to
a theatre program, having taught
bourses at the University of North
Carolina before coming here to teach.
But- he pointed out that not every in-
structor feels this way.
Drotar hopes the University theatre
department will step in and offer funds
and artistic alvice and perhaps offer

mime courses. "Money does the
talking," he said. "The more money
you have, the better the show you can
have. Money supplements the show."
The show is being partially funded by
a $300 grant from the Michigan Student
Assembly and credit extended it from
area businesses.
EVEN IF THE University does agree
to step in and help the struggling com-
pany, Drotar says he is not worried the.
department will try to wrest control of
the group away from him.
"I wouldn't let that happen," he said.
"They (the, department) would have a
say (in the show) but they wouldn't
have the final word. I think it would be
good to have faculty (advice).
"I hope the Theatre or Dance Depar-
tment does look at it (the show) and in-

corporates a mime program (into the
curriculum)," Drotar added. "I think
they need it."
IN ADDITION TO co-directing the
mimetroupe, Perrault and Drotar co-
produced and co-wrote the show.
Eventually, Perraultsaid, he would
like to see the troupe "form a core
group (of actors), and reach out into
further avenues for people to get ex-
perience in what mime is."

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XTC: Pop with a
new ferociousness

(Continued from Page 8)
of Talking heads, Partridge seems to
use the band as a solid framework to
provide structures which he can
manipulate and contradict. But, as with
Byrne, Partridge has also been calmed
by success. He now seems more com-
fortable with his stage presence,
playing more the competent (if
somewhat quirky) performer than the
tortured artist. Unlike their recent per-
formances as a warm-up. act for The
Police, this was XTC's show all the way
nd they knew it.
Since they played only one selection
from their first two albums, their two
recent efforts (Drums and Wires and
Black Sea) were rendered almost in their
entirety. This strikes me as a rather
dubious decision, since it ignores many
of their most brilliant pieces of pop fury
1"Radios in Motion," "Are You Receivi-
t1g Me?," "I Set Myself on Fire," et al.)
in favor of their less remarkable recent
tunes. It is a testament to XTC's live
p ower, however, that they were able to
transform even their tamest songs (like
'Respectable Street" and "Towers of
ondon") into anthems of discordant
( age.
STHE EMPHASIS on the two recent
albums again reinforced the im-
pression that this was Andy Partridge's

show, as he was responsible for penning
most of the cuts on these albums. This
might be another sign that Colin
Moulding's stature in the group is
diminishing, which would be a great
loss. It is against his exquisitely
polished pop gems (such as, "Love at
First Sight" and "Generals and
Majors," his only contributions to
Black Sea and not coincidentally the
best two pop songs on the album) that
Partridge rails most effectively. Let's
hope that Partridge doesn't begin to
view XTC as a replaceable backing to
his sound as apparently David Byrne
has begun to view The Talking Heads.
Although I occasionally allowed
myself the luxury of wondering
whether XTC would be able to sustain
themselves as a meaningful pop group
into the future, any doubt was banished
by their first encore, which opened with a
blistering version of "This Is Pop?"
For the first time the gradual change
from the query "This is pop?" to the
enraged exclamation "This IS pop!"
was unmistakable. This one tune
banished from my mind any thought
that XTC would not be able to remain at
the forefront of the ferocious ex-
ploration of pop music that we have
come to expect from them.

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