Improvisation and the Half Mask

Dance Space, The Island, Bridewell Street Entrance, Bristol, BS1 2LE

Sunday 07 May 2017 – Sunday 14 May 2017
Admission Fee: £60
Booking essential

“Wearing a mask is a powerful tool to release creativity, play and dramatic expression. It frees us from the pressure to ‘create’ as we let the mask lead us, giving us a new experience of our own potential as performers”

This introductory workshop will prepare participants to physically and vocally improvise in the half mask.

Day One.

-Body work, opening expressive possibilities focusing on breath, rhythm, dynamics, isolation and alignment.

-Improvisation skills that support intuitive play, communication and creating in the moment.

-Sound and movement, the relationship between speech and gesture.

-Core techniques in the creation of the half masked character, bringing the mask to life in performance.

Day Two. 

We will revisit and build on the principles and skills from Day One and include the following:

-Physical presence, clarity and focus on stage.

-Timing, comedy and nuances of character.

-Create open- ended scenarios.

-Introduce the concept of the counter mask.

We will be playing with a set of seven varied and delightful half masks created by master mask craftsman Mike Chase. This workshop is open to practitioners who are interested in exploring physical theatre and entering into a process of discovery.  All levels of experience welcome!

Brenda’s classes promote an individual sense of play and invention within a stimulating and supportive environment.

Workshop Dates:  Sunday May 7th and Sunday 14th.

Time:                  11- 3pm.  

Course Fee:        £60/ £50 conc.   (for both days)

Places limited to 12 participants. Booking is essential.

 To book and for enquiries please contact Brenda

Tel. 07510770895.

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