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Living statues in Russia and all over the world

Living statues in Russia and all over the world

Tired violinist, Russia. Living statues in Russia and all over the world

Living statues in Russia and all over the world
Of course, most of us know, heard, or saw living statues. And sometimes it can be even very scary to see such statue moving unexpectedly. In particular, the term living statue refers to a mime artist who poses like a statue or mannequin, usually with realistic statue-like makeup, sometimes for hours at a time. Meanwhile, living statue performers can fool passersby and a number of hidden camera shows on television have used living statues to startle people.

Living Statue of Ukrainian girl

Ukrainian girl Living statue

In fact, The tableau vivant, or group of living statues, was a regular feature of medieval and Renaissance festivities and pageantry, such as royal entries by rulers into cities. Typically a group enacting a scene would be mounted on an elaborate stand decorated to look like a monument, placed on the route of the procession.
A living statue appeared in a scene of the 1945 French masterpiece film “Les enfants du paradis” (Children of Paradise). And early living statue pioneers include the London-based artists Gilbert and George in the 60s.

The World Championship of Living Statues takes place annually at Arnhem in the Netherlands. In 2011, the festival ran from 28 to 29 August with around 300 000 visitors and 300 living including (including amateurs and children)

The city of Espinho, Portugal has organized a living statue contest on the Sunday nearest to the 16th of June (the municipal holiday) since 1997.

The World Championship of Living Statues is held annually at Arnhem in the Netherlands. In 2011, the festival ran from 28 to 29 August with around 300 000 visitors and 300 living including (including amateurs and children). The city of Espinho, Portugal has organized a living statue contest on the Sunday nearest to the 16th of June (the municipal holiday) since 1997. The University of Business and Social Sciences in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina has hosted a National Contest of Living Statues since the year 2000.

Performing as a living statue is a prevalent form of busking, especially in places with a high level of tourism. A living statue performer will strategically choose a spot, preferably one with a high level of foot traffic, and out of the way. Then the performer creates the illusion of complete stillness. Sometimes passerby’s do not realize the performer is a real person. A little wink or a nod can rope them in and make them wonder, did that statue just move? A buskers objective is to create moments of interaction that result in a tip. The amount of money a performer makes day to day depends on his or her ability to effectively interact with the crowd.

Living statues in Russia and all over the world

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