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Virtuoso Mime and Visual Artist

Brings His Family Friendly Masked Marvels
 
Background

Employment History

  • Poet
    Stage
  • Masked Marvels & Wondertales
  • Roxbury Arts Group Inc

Education

  • degree , Peace Studies
    Goddard College
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Web References
Michael Cooper, Virtuoso ...
www.jacneed.com, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
Michael Cooper, Virtuoso Mime and Visual Artist, Brings His Family Friendly Masked Marvels and Wondertales to Capitol Center for the Arts
CONCORD, NH: A high-kicking giant. A clumsy cowpoke. A grumpy, pipe-smoking trout fishing beside an imaginary stream. Welcome to Masked Marvels & Wondertales, the eye-popping one-man variety show by Michael Cooper, the virtuoso storyteller, mask-maker and mime. On January 26, Cooper will bring his colorful cast of characters to Concord for two performances at 1pm and 4pm as part of the Capitol Center for the Arts' Showtime Sundays series.
Combining the mythical and the autobiographical, Cooper employs astonishingly detailed masks as well as impressive physical dexterity to tell original stories that highlight the presence of the miraculous in everyday occurrences. Vignettes include "The Baby," inspired by the birth of Cooper's first child; "The Horse," which pays homage to his father, a veterinarian who courted Cooper's mother on horseback; and "Fish-or-Man," in which he asks the audience "How do you think a fish would feel... if he were the one winding the reel?"
But the stars of the show are Cooper's exquisite masks, each of which can take up to 300 hours to make. Working primarily with scavenged materials, Cooper begins by ripping paper bags or old cloth into small pieces that are then dipped into glue and laminated over a carefully crafted clay sculpture.
MICHAEL COOPER - MASKED ...
www.brcac.org, 13 June 2009 [cached]
MICHAEL COOPER - MASKED MARVELS & WONDERTALES
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BLOWING ROCK, NC Michael Cooper is a Poet of the Stage an eye-popping visual artist and a virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances combine breathtaking handcrafted masks, original stories of courage and wonder, outlandish stilt dancing, and a physical repertoire ranging from the madcap to the sublime. Cooper, whose programs have been hailed as moving sculpture, will bring his one-man extravaganza Michael Coopers Masked Marvels to the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock for a special 10am kids & family performance on Saturday, June 13.
"Masked Marvels is as subtle as it is high speed, says The Irish Times. Think of Spaulding Gray crossed with Superman, plus an amazing array of masks...Best of all was the Giant on stilts. Creating his vast self before our eyes, he began dancing on bare tiptoes with a grace that proved surprisingly beautiful..
Taking up to 300 hours to produce a single paper or cloth mask, Cooper, whose performances have dazzled audiences for almost 30 years, has elevated this most ancient of theatre crafts to the level of a fine art. His ability as a wordsmith enables him to reel in the most discerning of crowds with the nuance of a poet, the joy and timing of a first-rate comedian, and the twists and intrigue of a master storyteller. And whether hes high kicking on giant legs, animating one of his magical creations or, quite literally, leaning on air, the unending enthusiasm of this masked marvel captivates both young and old.
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Michael brings his wonderful characters to life with the most marvelously, strikingly beautiful masks I have ever seen."
Baylin Artists Management - Contact Us
www.baylinartists.com, 14 May 2014 [cached]
MICHAEL COOPER: Masked Marvels & Wondertales
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Alex de Grassi, Broadway's Next H!T Musical, Caladh Nua, The Cashore Marionettes, Cirk La Putyka, Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana, Danú, Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho, Garry Krinsky (Toying with Science), Hot Club of San Francisco, Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles, Michael Cooper (Masked Marvels & Wondertales), Mad River Theater Works, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Red Grammer, Voice, Walnut Street Theatre
Roxbury, NY: Michael Cooper, The Masked Marvel, at RAG
www.roxburyny.com, 17 Aug 2009 [cached]
Michael Cooper, The Masked Marvel, at RAG
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Michael Cooper as The Giant . Photo by Ron Steele
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In a show that will delight both children and adults, The Roxbury Arts Group is presenting Michael Cooper, "The Masked Marvel" on Saturday, May 17th at 3 pm. Cooper is an eye-popping visual artist and virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances have dazzled audiences for years. His one-man extravaganza combines breathtaking masks, stories, outlandish stilt dancing and a repertoire that ranges from madcap to sublime. His performance at RAG 3 years ago was a triumph. Adults $7, 1st child under 12 free. 2nd child $5. Free popcorn and juices. (607) 326-7908.
Taking up to three hundred hours to produce a single paper or cloth mask, Michael has elevated this most ancient of theater crafts to the level of a fine art. His ability as a wordsmith enables him to reel in the most discerning of crowds with the nuance of a poet, the joy and timing of a first rate comedian and the twists and intrigue of a master storyteller. And whether he's high kicking on giant legs, animating one of his magical creations or quite literally "leaning on air," the unending enthusiasm of this masked marvel captivates both young and old.
Michael graduated from Goddard College with a degree in Peace Studies, a unique major that continues to fuel his dedication to creating wholesome, uplifting entertainment that appeals to his audience's sense of humanity. He then went on to complete six years of theater training with the two greatest mime teachers of the twentieth century, Etienne Decroux of Paris, France and Tony Montanaro of Paris, Maine. Since then he has crisscrossed the world, presenting his art in such varied places as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hong Kong International Children's Festival, The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, the Dublin Theater Festival, Great Woods, the Eugene O'Neill Theater, Bass Performance Hall and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
Matchbook.org
www.MatchBook.org, 2 June 2006 [cached]
Michael Cooper, ME
Michael Cooper is a Poet of the Stage - an eye-popping visual artist and a virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances of humor...more>
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