Through work with the neutral mask, larval mask and character mask, participants will learn how to free up the imagination by developing an expressive body. The somatic work will also encourage a bolder experimentation with rhythm and breath, and a stronger connection to fellow actors through playfulness and a sense of lightness. Emphasis will give to the importance of the relationship between the actor and the audience. Participants will discover how the heightened imagination of the actor draws out the imagination of the audience member and encourages it to ‘come and play’!
The Actor Vanishes: Discovering the embodied imagination through working with masks
Dates: 7th & 8th August, 2021 (duration 1.5 days)
Times: 2pm – 6pm on 7th August & 9am -1pm & 2pm -6pm on the 8th August
Venue: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St Fremantle, Western Australia
Cost: $120 waged, $70 student/unwaged for the weekend (including puppet-making materials)
About the instructor
Ellis Pearson is a painter, a sculptor, a maker of theatre, a theatre director, an actor, a magician, a juggler, a mime, a musician, and now, a teacher of creativity. He combines his inventiveness with a crazy sense of humour to create works of art and theatre that appeal to audiences anywhere in the world.
In his work in the movie industry, Ellis has won ‘Best Supporting Actor’ awards in the feature films “The Angel, the Bicycle and the Chinaman’s Finger” and “Paljas”.