SA Creates: Character Creation / Mask Building
1859 Kingston Road
This two-hour workshop will take a character-based approach to mask making. Participants will be led through the planning and building their own masks based off of political figures, an inspiring community/family member, or an archetype they wish to explore. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce basic mask building techniques, develop an understanding of mask archetypes in commedia dell’arte and the use of one’s community for artistic inspiration and creation. This workshop will focus on using recycled and repurposed materials. Participants will be led through a creation process inspired by mask maker David Knezz that uses molding clay, paper bags, newspaper and wood glue. Though all materials will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring clean, previously used materials that they are interested in working with.
*This is a two-part workshop. To register for the second workshop, click here.
About the FacilitatorAlexandra Simpson is an interdisciplinary actor, creator and director with training in dance, music, physical theatre (mask and clown), voice and collective creation. She has a BFA in Performance Acting (Ryerson Theatre School) and a Masters in Documentary Media (Ryerson University) with a research focus on degrowth environmentalism and performance as tool for social change within consumer cultures. Alexandra is the founder and artistic leader of Terra Incognita Collective (terraincogco.org), a group of six local artists that use performance to discover alternative ways of being and challenge the perceived chasms between market and consumer, politician/expert and civil society and artist and audience. Alexandra specializes in collectively created, site-specific, documentary mask works that seek to mobilize and strengthen communities.
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