Mask work classes for actorsWorkshop
INTENSIVE 35-HOUR WORKSHOP
Revisit the basics of the art of mask:
- Deepen the understanding of the conscience of the body, the primary instrument of play, open up the ways to its poetry: Masked play is a language that reveals the power and nuance of each movement.
- Breathing, warm-ups and games, tai-chi, listening, balance, orientation, improvisation. How to relax the voice: playing with sound, vibrating deep within the body itself. Musicality and rhythms in the space, alone and in groups
- An encounter with the neutral mask develops the presence of the actor and purifies its play. The neutral mask helps us demystify our own hidden personalities and stereotypes, expanding our creative potential.
- Through play with the expressive mask, discover the universal aspect of characters, their humanity and “spirit”. By “entering into these masks”, one discovers the inside of the personalities portrayed.
- Encounter with the smallest mask, – the red nose of the clown. Understanding the necessity to release our feelings in order to reach our inner clown, thereby finding an incredible and exhilarating freedom.
TRAINER: VÉRONIQUE O’LEARY
Véonique O’Leary was trained as a actress with Jacques Lecoq and with the École Supérieure d’art dramatique de Strasborg, where she studied mask with Pierre Lefèvre.
Over the years, she perfected her work with mask, studying with masters in vocal and gestural theatre, mask and clown in both Europe and Canada: Caravan Farm Company, Roy Hart Theatre, with Alain Gautré (from École Lecoq, École Nationale du Cirque), Phillipe Reider (Actor with Théâtre du Soleil), Tapa Sudana (collaborator with Peter Brook), Don Rieder (clown trainer with Cirque du Soleil). Discovering Bûto with Katsura Kan.
Practicing Nurse and Community organizer
Martial Arts practitioner (karate and tai-chi), teacher in tai-chi and Qi gong.
Co-founder of Théâtre des Cuisines, author, actor, director, she shares her diverse talents in her creations and workshops given in both professional and community settings.
She lives in Bas-du-Fleuve facing the St. Lawrence River.
TRAINING INCLUDES ACCESS TO PERFORMANCES AND THE MANY DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES OF THE FESTIVAL.