PARTICIPATORY INTERCULTURAL PROJECTS
»Give a man a mask, and he‘'ll tell you the truth.« Oscar Wilde
Since 2007, creating dialogues and encounters has been at the center of TheatreFragile's work. Throughout productions and the various projects, one’s own personal experiences and human interactions are at the focus.
Throughout the last 10 years of Building Masks and Theatrical Mask play Workshops in intergenerational and intercultural have been the central element and focus of our work.
People and individuals of all all ages and cultural backgrounds are given space to express their stories, their visions and emotions within the public interventions and installations.
Within the performance and mask-play, a platform is given for the participants to experiment and experience with new social interactions. Drawing from their own experiences, power and visible potential in the creative process. Visions, desires and undiscovered sides of the personality come to the surface through the mask and enables a deeper more visible and palpable understanding of humanity. It conceals our habitual masking in everyday life and translates the hidden truth into poetic form.
Mask Building – The Hidden takes Shape
The creative process of working with our hands allows one to explore in the modelling clay the facial expressions that emerge and manifest which are later translated into a wearable mask.
What character traits do we want to see and experience in our mask? What truth is being expressed? What story needs to be told? Which image and idea would like to show?
Mask play – The discovery of one's own face
Mask play creates amazing and innumerable transformations: the young man into the mature woman or a strict man to a lively young girl. Whether in love or self-conscious and shy, cheerful or melancholy, thoughtful or superficial - the entire spectrum of the emotional world has expressions. In the mask, the truth and essence of these emotions is revealed, conveyed and experienced through performance. The mask allows us to be more truthful and pure than without.
Through the workshop we facilitate theatrical techniques, games and exercises to raise physical body awareness and sensibility to the art of mask play.
The training builds understanding for one's own body language and awareness. Together we aim to create a space where we explore sensitivity to oneself and the other players. Enjoyment and curiosity are the best companions in this search.
Tools needed to build characters are taught through individual and group improvisations. Gradually leading to a better understanding of mask performance and play. The goal is to accept the mask, to engage in the moment and to find freedom in it. Figures, characters and scenes evolve through the playing, opening up new insights into the interior truth behind our masks!
Interventions – Poetic Engagements in Public Space
Within the interventions, all participants experience direct interactions with the audience. The mask evokes curiosity, fascination and empathy through its complex tones and emotional levels. Making the viewer a witness to an inner, as well as external, confrontation with the essence of the human experience.
In this shared moment, the masked figures become part of the urban society and can thus touch and shape the place and society. In public spaces, the mask develops its own poetic power. In cityscapes and urban settings, the appearance of the masks creates a direct turning point on the everyday and a platform for an artistic universe.