After two weeks of short and frustratingly unsatisfying bursts of just a hour or so here and there, today I spent 6 hours on the job, in honour of International Commedia Dell ‘Arte Day. I think I have cracked it. Not finished but feel like my hands and eyes understand what they are doing now. Loads more practice needed but happily on the way. Have a real sense of 3D in the wood.
I should get to leather next week.
The Clay for the new ‘Magnifico” mask is done and ‘cottled-up’ ready for plastering.
And carving has begun on ‘Big Nose Zanni’. Such a strange thing for me to learn to remove material to reveal the form when I am used to building up with the clay. Streatching my brain and developing new skills.
Our penultimate session, the final week of play and A Celebration of Our Light Night.
Next week we shall plan an exhibition of our project for an Open Day at the NGY, probably on sunday 28th February AND talk about the if and how we might take the work on further to be a street act as a part of ‘Nottingham Pride 2016’.
We made it, our presence was loud and clear at Light Night. Such a shame we did not hook up with the Samba troop but we made our own parade and we made people happy and had fun.
From dressing, make up, brownies and Balloons to mayhem, magic and shaking our moves.
OUT AND PROUD
Session Six: Final two coats of papering. Manufacturing Process almost completed. Next ext wednesday we will finish the masks….just in time for ‘Light Night’ which is next friday, 5th feb..
Busy session, what with applying two layers in one evening!
So focused and cheerful are we.
High Caliber Mask Work
Just a few moments from the improvisations today.
Embodiment. Being and Doing.
Day One: What a wonderful day, great group of performers, lovely space and sunshine all day. Inspiring or what? Playful, proper learning, embodied, relevant and alive.
Ten performers bringing a wealth of experience into the room along with open hearts and joyful enthusiasm. They are led gently though an alchemical process of an oral/ bodily tradition allied with imagination, improvisation and inspiration.
What a delight and joy to be part of this.