August 6-9, 2017
Details and registration – loosemoose.com
Developing powerful, spontaneous and truthful characters is at the heart of strong acting and improvisation. Masks can be a useful tool for this purpose. They allow us to experience a state of awareness and vulnerability and help us understand what it means to have a “beginner’s mind”.
In this 5 day workshop students will learn half and full mask techniques with a focus on developing mask characters as described in the final chapter of “Impro” by Keith Johnstone. Mask work will be interspersed with related improvisation exercises as training for the intense character work and to reinforce a spirit of discovery and play. A physical approach will be introduced to allow the body to be ready for the spontaneous and at times rigorous activity of the mask work. No previous mask training is necessary however students should be ready to participate fully and should come with a spirit of adventure.
The second component of this workshop will be mask making. As it is necessary to have a large variety and choice of expressions to work with, a sufficient number masks will be provided for the character discovery portion of the course.
Students will also make their own masks on clay, out of papier mache, with accessories for facial features. Other techniques may be addressed as well. All participants will leave with a plaster cast of their face and one completed mask. Mask making will be staggered with character development and improvisation.
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