Masque Expressif

Masque Expressif Workshop

Masque Expressif

An Expressive Mask & Movement Workshop for actors, performers and theatre makers.

This 2-day weekend workshop is presented by mask teacher and mask maker Brenda Monaghan, who has been working with mask and physical theatre practices for over twenty years. 

In this workshop the expressive mask is used as a powerful tool for the actor to discover the potential of their body & its creative expression. The mask like a divine object, liberates the actor from mental limitations, transforming them into authentic and physically articulate characters far from their own personal experience. Through observing the mask and letting it live through their body the actor forgets themselves and embodies another.

Working with mask is not about subtext or psychological work, it’s about understanding their place in society, their relationship to the world, and how they respond to it. The mask is not directed from the mind, it’s deeper work than that, it will denounce you if you try to direct it. The transformation comes from a spontaneous and truthful place within the actor and their embodiment of each mask is vastly different. There is great freedom and beauty in this work, it opens many doors of creative possibility and physical versatility. Participants will use quality full and half expressive masks, hand crafted by masters from around the world.

Dates: 9–10 March 2019
Time: 9:30am–4:30pm Daily
Cost: $190 Early Bird (by 23/02/2019), $220 Full Fee


More info:
E: info@brendamonaghan.com.au

Brenda Monaghan Bio:

Brenda Monaghan has trained at The Grotowski Institute in Brzezinka, Poland with Dawid Zakowski (Poland), Raul Iaiza (Argentina) & Roberta Secchi (Italy); she has a Post Graduate Degree in ‘Methodologies for Actor Training’ at the Victorian College of the Arts (2008) where she was awarded ‘The Orloff Family scholarship’; she trained in Paris at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, and with Lilo Baur from Complicite; she was awarded a Fresh Grounds Grant from the Judith Wright Centre to develop her work ‘Slow’; completed a Bachelor in Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts (1995); founded Scatterbox Theatre Company, directing and producing five productions; co devised a theatre event and workshops for ‘Proper Job Theatre Company’ in the U.K. touring through Northern England. Brenda has taught at Monash Uni; The National Theatre School; QUT Uni; ADPS and Griffith Uni. She has been teaching ‘Research & Development Labs’ to professional actors since May 2009 as well as a been a freelance character movement coach for directors, choreographers, and theatre makers.