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IMPROVISATION WITH A BALINESE MASK with Stephane Brodt

The mask is an essential training instrument for the actor. The rules that apply to this theatrical form invite the actor to enter an empty scene, his only resources being his body, his imagination and emotion. Its improvised mode breaks away from the naturalist, psychological interpretation and develops the imagination, scenic presence and physical engagement of the actor.

The Balinese mask theatre, The Topeng, situated between the sacred and the profane, is danced and sung. It is constituted of noble characters and various comical ones, the bondrés.

In the workshop, we do not seek to follow to the Balinese tradition, but, even keeping their own characteristics, the masks are placed at the service of a theatre and stories that belong to our culture.

The work is divided into two moments: the improvisation without a mask (work on the principles of the narration and development of the verbal imagination) and the improvisation with a mask in the space (preparation of scenes based on a general theme, work on the “entrances” and construction of the empty space).

The physical precision, the simplicity and sincerity of the action with masks, prepare the actor to deal with any theatrical form.

 
 
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