The Second Term
The Journey of Theatre Masks

The second term is dedicated to the mask, the first archetype of all theatrical languages.  



​Theatre is storytelling. To tell a story, we need a language. The words of theatre language are forms in motion. Theatre as representation is rigorous play with the forms of life. The main skill of the actor is shapeshifting, the ability to change forms.

The archetype of all forms is the mask, which essentializes and transposes movement dynamics, creates theatrical space, and allows play between the actor and the form itself.

From the Larval to Commedia Dell'Arte

​After the expansion of the sensitivity of the body during the first term, the actor encounters various families of masks: larval, expressive full masks, mono-directional half masks, (created by Matteo Destro) expressive half masks and Commedia dell'Arte Masks (Traditional Italian Half Mask Comedy). They all train the actor to amplify levels of playing, integrating movement & emotions. The actor with a mask goes beyond the intellectual and reaches a physical dimension of theatre in which ideas and feelings are integrated in one unique state of performing vitality. Mask play requires contact with the fundamental drives of life and a rigorous technique of articulation.  

Movement technique plays a key role in the second term, becoming a permanent practice of articulation, rhythm, timing and treatment of movements through the state of the various masks.