|Denmark, Late 1800s|
|Actors in pantomime theatre do not speak during a performance. They use gestures, body language and props to tell a story. Tivoli pantomime actors mixed ballet, acrobatics and slapstick with music to make the audience laugh. The Tivoli theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark first opened to the public in 1874.|
|Tivoli's Pantomime ("Peacock") toy theatre featuring the comedic play, Harlequin and Columbine
|Tivoli's theatre is unique because it brought so many different cultures together. It was a Chinese-style theatre where Danish artists portrayed Harlequin and Columbine plays that originated in Italian, French and English culture. The theatre was traditionally called the "Peacock Theatre" because the stage curtain was a peacock whose tail folded together. The Chinese inscription over the stage reads yu min chieh lo, meaning "happiness is to be found in the crowd".
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