WORKSHOP: Mask Performance with THE WONDERHEADS
Open Pit Theatre welcomes Victoria based instructors Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix to Whitehorse on October 1, 2019 to offer a Mask Performance Workshop.
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS...
The WONDERHEADS is a physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and visual storytelling. Their work is performed in full-face mask, a wordless, whimsical form which has been described as “Utter magic” (CBC) and “Powerful, surprising and moving” (The Globe and Mail).
The co-founding ‘heads’ of WONDERHEADS are Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix, who came together in 2009 resolved to conjure a little magic and wonder into the world. Armed with their respective careers in the professional theatre and a shared background in the most curious of MFA degrees (Ensemble Based Physical Theatre, Dell’Arte International) they set out to create their first show, Grim and Fischer, the story of a feisty grandmother who battles it out with the Grim Reaper himself. This show served as a launchpad for the company and over the past decade they have developed four original productions: Grim and Fischer, LOON, The Middle of Everywhere, and The Wilds, which they have toured to festivals and performing arts centres throughout Canada and the United States. In 2013 the company was named one of ten Scion Motivate finalists, a US national contest recognizing entrepreneurs in the creative arts. The WONDERHEADS also frequently engage in a variety of outreach and teaching activities including workshops, in-depth residencies, lecture demonstrations and master classes. When not the road, the WONDERHEADS call beautiful Victoria, BC home.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP…
DATE: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 // 6pm-9pm
LOCATION: Whitehorse (venue TBC)
The WONDERHEADS will introduce the fundamental process by which they bring a mask to life.
Through a series of games and guided exercises, participants will focus on developing a greater understanding of physical expression and articulation and leave with a set of tools to help them better express themselves both on stage and off.
This workshop will use Emotion Masks (as seen above), which are a type of full-face character mask, each designed with a single primary human emotion: Surprise, Sorrow, Disgust, Joy, Anger and Fear. These masks provide fertile ground for the actor to study one emotion at a time and how their physical choices support or contradict the mask.
This is a fun and transformative workshop meant for a variety of ages and skill levels!
**This workshop was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Yukon Governments’s Arts Fund