The Biography of Samuel Avital
Samuel Avital is an artist, performer, teacher, mentor, creative consultant, coach, and author. His peers and students praise him for his innovative approach to personal and professional creativity. He studied mime, dance and theatre in Paris, France with Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. He toured solo in Scandinavia, Europe, North and South America, before settling in Boulder, Colorado in 1971. He continues to perform and teach extensively.
In 1971, Mr. Avital founded Le Centre du Silence Mime School (See, "History of Le Centre du Silence Mime School") in Boulder, Colorado to provide an atmosphere free of dogma, judgment, and negative competition. One of the purposes of LCDS is to "surpass the normal means of communication offered by the entertainment industry and society's abuse of the spoken word."
He also founded and directed the Boulder Mime Theatre (BMT), 1971-1982, which toured locally and nationally with an unusual repertoire depicting the genius and stupidity of human nature.
He developed his unique method of teaching, and created BodySpeak™- The Avital Method. This approach is based on a philosophy of total honesty, integrity and creativity of the individual, and is based on the knowledge that artistic perfection is possible.
Avital has established a remarkable reputation for the BodySpeak™- The Avital Method of training through The International Summer Mime Workshop which has been held every year in the summer since 1975. This yearly event attracts people from all over the world.
He has published various articles and interviews dealing with his work in English and in French. In 1986, Avital created, produced and performed, "In Search of Destiny: Personal and Global." This performance explored human behavior, the absurdities of human nature, the follies and ecstasy of being human with integrated laughter as the link to conscious awareness of one's self and to one's environment.
He self-published his first book, "Le Centre du Silence Work Book" in 1975 (The German edition, "Mimenspiel" in 1985). His second book, "Mime and Beyond: The Silent Outcry" was published also in 1985. He co-authored a book with Mark Olsen which was entitled, "The Conception Mandala: Creative Techniques for Inviting a Child into Your Life," published by Inner Traditions International of Vermont.
In 1992, he produced a video project, "The Silent Outcry: The Life and Times of Samuel Avital" which speaks about his life's work and BodySpeak™ for theatre students, acting schools, businesses, libraries, universities, educational TV stations, and his students. The video is available through Le Centre du Silence. In 1985, he was nominated for the Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Convinced that the dichotomy of mind and body has caused havoc in the natural function of Western civilization, Mr. Avital is completely dedicated to fully conscious and integrated honesty in life, The Arts and in business. He stresses this integration with the kinesthetic experience and understanding of the universe, as the most crucial fusion for development and the next evolution leap - the ultimate shift for the creative person towards integrated consciousness and individual sovereignty for the twenty-first century and beyond.