The Neutral Mask

3 days of mask work with Peter Sweet
9-11 July, 2021
Wilhelminenhofstr 91, 12459 Berlin

There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common. – Jacques Lecoq (1921 – 1999)

What happens when you put on a mask that is “neutral”, that has no character at all?

A neutral mask is never neutral when it sits on the face of the player. Since it does not contain a dramatic facial expression, it acts like a magnifying glass for the inherent dramatic expression that is present in your own body.

By enabling you to identify your own unique movement characteristics, it invites you to quiet the “noise” in your body and clarify your gestures in time and space. Enter the silence of the neutral mask.

In this workshop we will use neutral masks as a pedagogical tool for becoming aware of movement habits and blocks in the drive towards more clarity of movement and presence on stage.

We will be using hand-crafted, leather masks developed by three generations of the Sartori family in Padova, Italy.

– Clarity of movement
– Creating silence
– Becoming aware of our own habits of movement

Places: 10
Times: Friday: 18:00-22:00, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Minimum level: No prior experience necessary – the only requirement is a love of play!
Price – Early bird: 125€ Regular price: 150€

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About Peter:
Peter Sweet is a director, teacher and performer of physical theater and contemporary circus. Working professionally since 2000, Sweet has performed over a thousand shows in more than 20 countries.

Sweet studied physical theater at the Helikos International School of Theater Creation in Florence, Italy, contemporary and classical dance at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Salzburg, Austria, circus at Ecole du Cirque Zofy in Sion, Switzerland and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique as well as Wutao, a French movement art based on breath and undulation.

He is currently based in Berlin Germany, where he directs professional companies, teaches workshops and creates new works of inspired madness. Sweet has been a guest teacher at the Stockholm University of Dance and Circus (DOCH); the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK); Fonty’s Netherlands; Die Etage, Berlin; and the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich. In his free time he reads, flies kites, dances in the kitchen, and watches Muppet show re-runs.

www.petersweet.com