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Merdah Mask (no longer offered for sale)

The Merdah mask is representative of this mask from the Balinese Topeng Dance Theatre. Merdah is the honest servant of Rama and acts as a sort of narrator translating the plays action to the audience. He tends to be an Arlechino type character in that he is quick on his feet fast in his actions. Merdah was born without a mother from his fathers energy alone. He is in constant search for a girl friend.

The Topeng dance is older than the arrival of Hinduism in Bali. It was and continues to be a masked dance that celebrates mans relatioinship to the natural world and one that celebrates ones ancestors. The Topeng we know today was developed in the 15th century about 100 year prior to emergence of the Commedia dell’Arte. The dancers were seen to be interpreters of the gods. It is a dance that celebrates the scared and the profane, ugliness, beauty, the refined qualities of humanity and the caricature we have become.

This was mask created for a course that asked students to devise theatre through and understanding through research of masks from various world cultures. The course was taught for 8 years on the university level and has now developed into intensive workshops offered at The North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts.

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The Merdah mask is representative of this mask from the Balinese Topeng Dance Theatre. Merdah is the honest servant of Rama and acts as a sort of narrator translating the plays action to the audience. He tends to be an Arlechino type character in that he is quick on his feet fast in his actions. Merdah was born without a mother from his fathers energy alone. He is in constant search for a girl friend

The Topeng dance is older than the arrival of Hinduism in Bali. It was and continues to be a masked dance that celebrates mans relatioinship to the natural world and one that celebrates ones ancestors. The Topeng we know today was developed in the 15th century about 100 year prior to emergence of the Commedia dell’Arte. The dancers were seen to be interpreters of the gods. It is a dance that celebrates the scared and the profane, ugliness, beauty, the refined qualities of humanity and the caricature we have become.

This was mask created for a course that asked students to devise theatre through and understanding through research of masks from various world cultures. The course was taught for 8 years on the university level and has now developed into intensive workshops offered at The North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts.

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2020 Mask Workshop Welcome!!  Jonathan Becker offers on-site workshops in partnership with The North American Laboratory of the Performing Arts, a small institute dedicated to a broad cultural exploration of the performing arts, the creation of new works, the exploration of fundamental principles and inspiring artists to be agents of change.

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The Charles Over Mansion in Muncie, Indiana’s historic district provides an ideal setting for artistic retreat and study. The workshops are held at the Mansion or in the historic theatres and studio spaces of downtown Muncie. Workshop participants are housed at The Mansion and other locations within the historic district all within walking distance of the workshop location, restaurants for dinner and Muncie’s quiet nightlife. The Mansion at 825 East Washing Street is one of Muncie’s greatest architectural offerings.  The beauty and handwork of the structure itself are an inspiration to its visitors.

Masks in Performance Teacher/Actor Training Workshop – June 22-26, 2020

A workshop for performers, students and teachers. Explore one of the most effective methods of actor training through Neutral, Larval and Character Half Mask. the mask tangibly reveals to the actor the intricacies of the art of performance, directing and an application of understandings to all styles of acting.

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Mask Making: An Exploration of Expressive Form Workshop – June 16-19, 2020

This workshop explores the entire process and understandings necessary to create an expressive form, a mask that appears to change expression as it moves through space. 

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Each Workshop is $750 and includes lodging, breakfast and lunch for five days.

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Register before April 1, 2020 and receive the full of week of training, lodging and meals for only $600.

Flexible Payment Available

We recognize that even $600 can be a significant investment for theater practitioners and instructors, so we offer flexible payment plans. Reserve your spot today with only $200, and pay the remainder before the workshop begins. We also offer financial aid for qualified participants and grant submission support. Contact Jonathan if you are interested.  
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