126 York Way
London N1 0AX
Trance Masks: Unlock Your Creativity and Spontaneity - 4 Week Course With Simone Tani
Play touches and stimulates vitality, awakening the whole person – mind, body, intelligence and creativity.
Wearing a mask is a powerful way to unlock your creativity and to discover how to be expressive. Masks help us to release the pressure to “create” as we let the mask lead us. Masks allow us to experience new possibilities for self expression and creativity. No previous experience with Improv is required, all welcome to explore.
During the workshop, participants will move constantly between exercises without masks, with full masks and with trance masks. In this way of working, the creative flow of the group is maximized.
"When I told some New Yorkers about dumbness in a workshop two months ago, they were so relieved. They were tired of being alert and intelligent. They wanted dream time. Walk around your neighborhood dumb for a half hour."—
NATALIE GOLDBERG, The Essential Writer’s Notebook
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. Keith Johnstone combined this use of the mask in a magic context with modern theater’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 an actor and a mask, 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.
Empty yourself of everything.—LAO TSE, Tao Te Ching
Simone Tani graduated from Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris where he studied Theater, Clowning and Bouffon. Earlier, Simone studied improvisation at the school Verba Volant in Rome and with Keith Johnstone at Loose Moose theater in Calgary; clowning 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. Simone performs and teaches trance masks, improvisation and drama in the UK, Italy, France, Japan, Taiwan,Hong Kong and Singapore.
Thursday 10th of April
Thursday 17th of April
Wednesday 23rd of April
Thursday 1st of May
Time: 7pm - 10pm.
Price: £70. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £35 followed by remaining £35 on the first week of the course.
Regulars: £40 (If you have attended 5 or more workshops you become a regular)
Location: Upstairs at the The Star of Kings, 126 York Way Kings Cross, N1 0AX
Tube: Kings Cross, about 10 minutes walk
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.