Oct 25, 2018
Hardin Minor is a performance artist and
entertainer who embodies countless characters and enlivens spaces
throughout the Charlotte community. He is co-founder of OMIMEO
Mime Theatre, which presents a blend of mime illusion, circus arts,
and special effects theater magic. He has performed for every kind
of audience, from the classroom to corporate settings. Hardin has
received numerous awards, including the Arts & Science
Council’s Creative Fellowship Award, the Blumenthal Performing Arts
Center Stage Award in recognition of longtime service to
the arts in Charlotte, and the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte 2017 Distinguished Alumnus in Dance award. He received a
Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in Dance and Education from the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in mime
and performance art, the physical nature of wisdom, the spirit of
the clown, and widening cosmic circles.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Hardin describes his work as an entertainer
and how he presents himself to the world.
- He explains why school children know him and the
dynamic he applies to everything.
- He talks about our desire for creativity and being a
- He discusses how he works with corporations and playing
theater games with bankers.
- Hardin channels ‘The Ballet Gourmet,’ ‘Barry
Cantaloupe’ and ‘Banana Claus.’
- He reveals how he comes up with characters and what
perspective informs his work.
- He discusses Commedia Dell’Arte and the roots
of physical comedy.
- Hardin explains ‘physical-osophy’ and where
and how we gain wisdom in life.
- He talks about the incarnation of the divine and
becoming beams of light.
- He answers whether the life of a clown is a
- He considers where he is on the ‘clown
- Hardin remembers his parents and the ‘wild, wonderful’
home he grew up in.
- He reflects on his time attending Woodberry Forest
School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel
- He discusses his experiences of ‘direct
action’ in the early 1970s.
- He shares how he began his career in dance and the
sudden revelation he had.
- Hardin talks about living and performing in New York
City in the 1980s.
- He reflects on returning to Charlotte and creating
shows and characters for 30 years.
- He discusses a new character that he is
sharing with the world.
- Hardin reads a poem entitled ‘I Live My Life’
by Ranier Maria Rilke.
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: A Rose Upon His
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