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Mask Cycle

THE MASK CYCLE

"I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS WORKSHOP FOR ALL PERFORMERS. NICK KNOWS HIS STUFF!"

– Royce Roeswood, director and improviser

SUNDAYS, 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M., SEPTEMBER 8-OCTOBER 27

$250, or combine with Commedia dell’Arte for $400!

The Mask Cycle is my basic, 8-week mask and movement workshop.

Special for Fall 2019! It is being offered consecutively with Commedia dell’Arte!

The emphasis is on finding the means to support and animate an object—a mask or puppet—that is not a part of you. The progressive study of stillness, awareness, breath and ease is the key. The workshop will utilize Neutral Masks, Larval Masks, Emotion Masks, Character Half-Masks, and masks made from the actors' own faces. The purpose is to study movement on the stage, whether you continue to work with masks or not. The workshop is happening at The People’s Building, 9995 E Colfax Ave., Aurora. The cost is $250.

Contact me with questions, or to register.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE MASK CYCLE:

The Challenge is to animate an object that is not alive. We have to support the object and carry it with a spirit of devotion and service. We have to live for the mask.

To do this, we must cultivate our own stability and vitality. We begin by examining and learning to articulate the levels of tension in our bodies. The Neutral Mask is a study tool that helps us with this. Then, we work on making and supporting masks using the muscles and sinews of our own faces, to begin the study of taking on someone else's face. Larval Masks—large, simple masks that intimate character without articulating it—are then used as a bridge toward emotions and characters. We will then use Emotion Masks to embody the emotions, and finally Character Masks—in this case, comic half-masks in the Commedia dell'Arte tradition—to explore character and comedy. Then, we cycle back to Neutrality to deepen our understanding of the Mask that underlies all other masks.

Participants who have taken previous 8-week Mask and Movement workshops can take this course at a $50 discount, and will receive advanced individual training along with a workout in the basics.

 This edition of The Mask Cycle is being generously supported by The People’s Building.

Earlier Event: October 5
Comedy Sportz
Later Event: October 6
Colfax Old-Time Jam