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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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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 5 – Opposition to theatre and comedy)

Tweet In the sixteenth century we also see how puritanism gain power and how and the Counter Reformation takes place. They wanted to purify the popular culture. They tried to stop the carnival and official festivities, since they though that … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 3 – the Corpus Christi and the forming of comedy companies)

Tweet One example of how the theatre was used by the church was in the nativity scene. The first one was shown in 1223 by Francisco of Assisi. From the first puppets where used but soon the roles were played … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 4 – the Diavolas)

Tweet The Corpus Christi was celebrated with carnival festivities, comical rites and dramatic performances. It was not just the performance it was just as much the feast itself. In the long run people got tired of long serious plays. They … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 2 – the Feast of the Ass and the Feast of Fools)

Tweet The church was not just a religious building during the middle ages and the renaissance. It was also a cultural center where one could very well be engaged in worldly matters, despite protests from the priests. For example the … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 1)

Tweet In Rome “the Christian” started to show up as a character in the ancient mime by the time Christianity makes its entry. He soon became one of the most acclaimed, comic roles. The roman mime was mocking the Christian … 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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