Category Archives: Mask theatre

3 reasons mask doesn’t use psychology

Tweet The characters of the masks are made of their physical limitations, posture, gestures and so on. It is only the outer of the masks that make up their character. There is no psychology possible, since it does not go … Read the rest of this entry

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Western bias of the mask

Tweet In the west we tend to think about the mask as something to hide behind, as if it were a tool to hide emotions, intentions or reactions. Nothing can be more wrong. The masks always tell the truth – … Read the rest of this entry

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What is a mask?

Tweet A mask can be anything from a small clown nose to giant heads to be worn on big gantries. It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between masks and puppets, make-up, costume, even props. I would define … Read the rest of this entry

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The mask and the actor

Tweet The mask demands energy and size. It is all about filling the mask with life. Since the mask is stylized and extends parts of the face or is larger than life, it demands another form of dynamism than the … Read the rest of this entry

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The origins of mask (Part 2 – From rites to early plays)

Tweet As we humans settled down, started to cultivate the earth and become domiciled other rites and festivities started to develop. It was harvest, fertility, initiation or transition rites among other. Those rites demanded more human masks, representing human types … Read the rest of this entry

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The origins of mask (Part 1 – The hunt)

Tweet Masks are developed from hunting. When the hunters were trying to get closer to their pray they dressed in hides and furs from the animals they were hunting. It was not only the looks and the scents from the … Read the rest of this entry

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Why mask?

Tweet As the mask enhances the bodily expression both visually and by size it also compels a more direct communication from the stage. A communication that becomes stronger in its expression and allows a comedy that goes straight to the … Read the rest of this entry

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The face – a tool to lie with

Tweet People tend to think that the face is central for communication between people. I am not so sure. I think we think that the face is central. The face is what we use to lie with. We lie in … Read the rest of this entry

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Mask and the sense of time

Tweet On the whole I don’t think the masks have influenced the feeling for space so much in my performances as it has with the sense of time. In my opinion the masks always change the sense of time. I … Read the rest of this entry

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The mask’s influence over the actors

Tweet Here is another post from the questionnaire from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. This time is about how I work with masks if I only use them in rehearsals and not in the actual play. For those who like … Read the rest of this entry

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