Mask Training for actors and dancers
This workshop is an introduction to Neutral and Larval masks. Participants will have a taste of the basic techniques regarding masked improvisation: levels of presence, economy, sustaining, transition and Le Jeu (game). These techniques enable the performer to understand the value of clarity and precision on stage, as well as the pleasure of playing in front of an audience.
The neutral mask helps the performer to get rid of all the excess and unnecessary gesture and movement, to discover the silence and the origin of physical action and to learn that every piece of theatre needs a form. The Neutral mask gives the opportunity to confront one’s own idiosyncrasies and to find the fulcrum point where drama can be inscribed.
The Larval mask is the next step after the Neutral mask. This mask allows the performer to explore very simple situations and characters. Larval masks are very subtle and poetic; they can move the audience to laughter or tears with very little effort!
This journey into the world of masks is an invaluable opportunity for actors and dancers to discover the subtleties and poetic force of their gesture and movement.