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The Storytelling Body: Mask Performance

Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series
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March 6-8, 2020

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry

Registration Details

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Registration Deadline: February 19, 2020
Deadline to Apply for Financial Assistance: February 19, 2020
(See below for more information on financial assistance)
Arrival Date: March 5 or 6, 2020*
Departure Date: March 8 or 9, 2020*
Tuition: $340 (participants residing outside of Alberta must add $100 to the tuition fee)
Banff Centre Registration Fee: $35
Accommodation on the Banff Centre Campus:
private rooms $65/night; shared rooms $35/night
Meals: $41/person/day

Total: ranges from $575 to $800 depending on arrival and departure dates and choice of accommodations

*Workshop will start at approximately 9:00am Friday, March 6, 2020, and end no later than 5:00pm on Sunday, March 8, 2020. There will be an optional meet and greet on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in the evening.

Program Overview

Journey into the world of visual storytelling and mask performance with Victoria-based physical theatre company the Wonderheads.

Participants will gain clarity and economy of physical expression, improved body awareness, and a greater understanding of what it means and how it feels to bring a fully realized character to life through mask exploration and articulate gestural investment.

Instructors: The Wonderheads

Woman with Brown Hair Smiles While Sitting on Stool Holding Giant Old Man Theatre MaskMan With Glasses and Hat Smiles While Holding Giant Theatre Mask of a Monster With A Mane Above His HeadThe co-founding ‘heads’ of the Wonderheads are Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix, who came together in 2009 resolved to do their part in conjuring a little magic and wonder into the world. They are a multi-award winning theatre company whose work is performed in full-face mask, a wordless, whimsical form rarely seen on North American stages. They have been described as “Utter magic” (CBC), “Powerful, surprising, and moving” (The Globe and Mail), and “Fantastic, in every sense of the word” (Cincinnati Enquirer). 

Participants will gain a greater sense of bodily awareness, clarity and economy of physical expression, and an understanding of what it means to bring a fully realized character to life through mask exploration and articulate gestural investment.

Please note that this program is not adjudicated; applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. As part of the application process you will be asked to submit a ‘letter of interest’ that will include some information about yourself, your theatre related experience, and why you wish to attend this workshop.

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