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Occurs on Sunday January 22 2017

All Day Event


Morpheus Rehearsal Centre
3512 - 5th Avenue NW
Lower Level
Calgary AB T2N 0V7

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Mask Acting Workshop with Dean Bareham

Uncover fearless expression through Mask!

SYNOPSIS: Dean has been building, teaching, and performing with masks for over 30 years. He believes masks are a powerful transformative tool for the physical theatre actor and can be used by themselves and as an entrance way into many theatrical forms such as dance and clown. Through movement and improvisation exercises we will explore the Masked Body as a performance tool and provide an introduction into physical characterization. We will employ a technique called Body Mapping to create a physical vocabulary amongst the participants. We will use neutral mask as a way to enter the emotional state of the mask, and from there we will explore full face character masks, half masks, and some Commedia Dell Arte characters to get us into grand gestures and archetypical characters such as Trickster and King/Queen. We will conclude by incorporating the mythological elements of Balinese masks. The classes will be physical and begin with a warm-up, but we will also be audience for each other, so dress accordingly. This course is ideal for students, performers, or anyone interested in exploring alternative acting techniques. Perfect for the ambitious, the talented, and the fearless!

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Dean is artistic director and co-founder of Green Fools Theatre. He began his studies as a sculpture major and performance artist at the Alberta College of Art & Design. He then spent two year at the Dell' Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. For the last twenty-six years, Dean has been delighting audiences across the globe with his buffoonery and stilt characters; his alter ego, Gustavo the Impossiblist is infamous world-wide. Dean has performed and taught workshops all across Canada, Europe, South America, Macedonia, New Zealand, Lesotho, Japan, and the USA. He has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and with Cirque du Soleil at the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Dean is proud to be an instructor for the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival Circus and Magic Partnership Program, and CIRQINIQ a circus arts Program for Nunavik youth, a partnership program with Cirque du Soleil and Katimavik Regional Govt. Dean was voted one of Calgary’s Top Forty Under Forty and was recently awarded the ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award at the Calgary Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts.

DATE: Sunday Jan 22, 2017, 11:00am - 5:30pm

COST: $50 (registration online or by phone)

Register a group of 5 or more, and attend for less! Or, register for 3 workshops and get the 3rd one for 50% off (Call Morpheus Theatre to redeem).

WHERE: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre (3512 5 Avenue NW, Lower Level)

Refreshments served from 10:30 to 11:00am.

This valuable workshop is presented at this low price in the spirit of community theatre.

This workshop is sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Christie Lites Sales.

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