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Theatre-Making & Processes

Masking & Body Adornment

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Masking or decorating the body has always featured in performance, from ancient rituals to Greek theatre, circus clowns and commedia dell’arte to the make-up that turns Broadway performers into cats.


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Hall
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Peter Hall on Greek theatre and his own mask practice. He discusses his theories of Greek drama, including the use of the Chorus, Phallus, and the nature of tragedy and comedy.
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Bagamoyo Festival 2009
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Documentary of the 2009 Bagamoyo Festival.
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BODY/BAG
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Gavin Krastin is a choreographer and performance artist. He describes himself as “a gay, white, South African of a certain privilege and class in relation to other bodies.” He suggests that BODY/BAG deals with race and is intended to “expose and speak to the larger politics that affect us all.”
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GGP Ethno-Techno - Trimming Ones Identity - Asset Thumbail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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GGP Ethno-Techno - White on White - Asset Thumbnail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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Masks of the Commedia DellArte - Asset Thumbnail Image
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An intensive commedia course, taught by Antonio Fava, with a commentary by John Rudlin. The workshop was observed by John Retallack, Director of the Oxford Stage Company.
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GGP Ethno-Techno - Censurado - Asset Thumbnail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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GGP Ethno-Techno - Ethnic Profiling - Asset Thumbnail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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GGP Ethno-Techno - Sing-along Geography Lesson - Asset Thumbnail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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GGP Ethno-Techno - El Designer Warrior - Asset Thumbail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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GGP Ethno-Techno - El Hombre Cucaracha - Asset Thumbnail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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Kirmira
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This video is a complete performance document of the approximately three and a half hour performance of a Kathakali play, The Killing of Kirmira.
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Houben 1
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The Neutral Mask workshop Houben led for the International Workshop Festival in Edinburgh was the only one of this kind he ever attempted. It was an experiment.
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GGP Ethno-Techno - Chicano Virtual Reality - Asset Thumbnail Image
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This 1994 clip documents performance activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work with his organisation, the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
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Guillermo Gómez-Peña is an artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. His work has contributed to debates on diversity and border culture.
Practitioner
Known principally as a teacher rather than as a performer or director, Jacques Lecoq’s work on comic and physical performance has been immensely influential, thanks to his collaborators and students.


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