Performing the mask

Three days

This workshop is an introduction to different mask styles, central terms and body techniques in mask performance.


The workshop takes the participants first through stages of practical preparation to use the mask in performance, games, physical exercises, improvisations. Then we start working with the Neutral mask to centre the body and develop a precise body language. With the Larval masks we work on intuition and spontaneity. The next step is the Expressive mask to create more complex characters, gestures and movements. We finish with the half masks of the Commedia dell´Arte, with voice and language, interaction, rhythm and tempo.

Finbarr Ryan looks for the unique creative ability of each student, the development of intuition, body language, playfulness and how it can be made accessible to an audience.

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This workshop can be booked in combination with

The Art of the Mask