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Paper masché, venetian technique
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Dry Paint, finish with bitumen
The Archaic mask is specially designed to work with incorporated social structures deeply entrenched in our behaviour patterns, our perceptions and distinctions. The mask itself displays features of four archetypes pointing back a long line of social and theatrical history, the leader, the warroíor, the saint and the slave. Integrated in one mask and performed in exercises specially developed for this purpose the revelation of incorporated social and cultural codes is striking. Which makes this masks a valuable tool for acting training and physical theatre in general and for the work on tragic structures in particular.
Commedia dell´Arte masks
Our Commedia dell´Arte leather masks are made in the traditional way rediscovered by Amleto Sartori at the Centro Maschere e Strutture gestuali. We use a leather dyed with chestnut powder formed over a wooden model of the mask. After finishing the wooden model it´s a three to four days process working the leather accompanied by a good deal of sweat and blisters. Worn by the same performer over the course of time (sweat and more sweat again) the intial stiffness of the leather smoothens and the mask becomes like a second skin.
Our leather masks