An exciting opportunity to explore the world of 'Trance Masks' with teachers Simone Tani and Wiiliam Steele on 10-11th May at CU House in Newcastle upon Tyne. The weekend workshop costs £90. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
The workshop is an introduction to Keith Johnstone's Trance Masks. Wearing a mask is a powerful way to unlock creativity and to discover how to be expressive, releasing the pressure on us to “create” as we let the mask lead us. Masks allow us to experience new possibilities for self expression and creativity.
The Trance Mask (half mask) technique was developed by Keith Johnstone at the Royal Court Theatre in London and later perfected at Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, Canada.
This technique used observation of shamanic ceremonies in Africa as a starting point. This use of the mask in a magic context was then combined with modern theatre’s most well-known mask techniques.
The Trance Mask covers only the top part of the face leaving the mouth free, since sound is one of the central tools used to activate the mask.
There are no fixed characters. Whatever emerges from the encounter between the mask and its wearer, if powerful and pure enough, is the start point from which a character can be developed. This process may bring to mind the development of a little child as he discovers how to speak and relate with the world and different experiences.
Simone Tanigraduated at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Pariswhere he studied Theatre, Clown and Bouffon.
Earlier, he studied improvisation at the school Verba Volant in Rome, and with Keith Johnstone at Loose Moose theater in Calgary, clown and physical comedy at Second City Theater in Chicago and in London with Mark Bell and Peta Lily (Dark clown), trance and full masks with Steve Jarand (Calgary), commedia dell'arte with Carlo Boso and Onda D'Urto Teatro in Rome.
He's one of the founder members of the improvisation company i Bugiardini in Rome and performes and teaches trance masks, improvisation and drama in Italy, France, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Originally a scriptwriter Will began experimenting with Impro whilst still at Northumbria University, went on to train in Trance Masks under Steve Jarand in the UK and abroad and now has one of the mostly highly advanced masks in Europe. Will has trained i
visation under such notable teachers as Shawn Kinley and Kieth Johnstone
Will is also a puppet builder and puppeteer based in the Newcastle Performance Collective.
Simone and Will have been colleagues in the world of Trance Masks since meeting at the Odsherred Teaterskole in Denmark in 2010.