tableau vivant

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tableau vi·vant

n. pl. tab·leaux vi·vants (tă-blō′ vē-väN′)
A scene presented on stage by actors who remain silent and motionless as if in a picture.

[French : tableau, picture + vivant, living.]

tableau vivant

(tablo vivɑ̃)
n, pl tableaux vivants (tablo vivɑ̃)
(Theatre) a representation of a scene, painting, sculpture, etc, by a person or group posed silent and motionless
[C19: literally: living picture]


(tæˈbloʊ, ˈtæb loʊ)

n., pl. tab•leaux (tæˈbloʊz, ˈtæb loʊz)
1. a picture, as of a scene.
2. a picturesque grouping of people or objects.
3. a representation of a picture, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.
[1690–1700; < French: board, picture]

tableau vivant

A French phrase meaning living picture, used to mean a silent and motionless group of people posed to portray a famous scene or event.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tableau vivant - a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)
arrangement - an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; "a flower arrangement"
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The mayor's wife joins this tableau vivant of allegedly "free" women with no voice and no vision of their own gazing in disbelief, stupefaction, incomprehension, and grudging admiration at Tahirih, their prisoner, who shocked her countrymen with her "naked face" and fearless words.
in tableau vivant and vivid description) to urge the theatergoers to imagine themselves in the same difficult situation as David in order to come to a direct and emotional understanding of the Biblical story.
She moves languidly and sparingly: a model in a tableau vivant, almost, but one unable to hide her ennui.
Compose de vingt-trois membres, le groupe palestinien a dresse, en quarante-cinq minutes, un tableau vivant et realiste d'un peuple en lutte pour sa liberte.
There is also an inherent politicality to this performative form and Morris is particularly attuned to this dimension, informing the reader that with "its roots in English and French state-censorship of spoken language in theatre, the voiceless form of tableau vivant .
The Courier reported in March, 1845: "The shorn and crested heads of this picturesque group, their lively games, extraordinary dances, archery and other sports with the erection of their wigwams give further vraisemblance (appearance of truth) to the scene, a form of tableau vivant strikingly illustrative of Indian life in the wilds.
He also introduces elements of physical theatre, the ballet and even tableau vivant to scenes where the actors waltz, walk around, or even sit quietly reading.
Of course, a gallery space right across the street from Laguna Beach's iconic Pageant of the Masters, which has employed the tableau vivant, or "living picture," technique to bring art to life for 80 years, is the perfect place to premier Augmented Reality.
This arrangement of inside movable mount in conjunction with the picture frame fixed to the framework upon which the platform revolves forms a complete junction between the tableau vivant and the picture frame and shows no break between the background of the picture, and the inside edge of the picture frame, and also does away with the necessity of any supplementary pieces of scenery called in theatrical parlance 'tormentors'.
Comprised chiefly of recent large-scale, neoclassical tableau vivant photographs in the style of Thomas Couture or Oscar Rejlander, Antin's exhibition mines nineteenth-century salon paintings of Greco-Roman myths and allegories, digitally altering them in line with contemporary media follies, the conceits of fallen empire, and underlying themes of "herstory.
Sir Michael Stoute's Tableau Vivant should win at Beverley.
The first, remarkable, coup d'oeil in the villa's grandiose entrance hall is seven of Canova's heavenly bodies posed like a tableau vivant in a seraglio.