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Nosey

$112.00

Nosey was inspired by one of the masks used at the Lecoq School in Paris France in 1986 by Jonathan Becker during that part of his studies. The masks at the school were designed and built by a mask maker in Basel, Switzerland. The masks were made out of paper in the style of the venetian masks. The larval masks were used in the teaching to inspire play in the students.

During an improvisation class Jonathan remembers a problem he was unable to solve or understand at the time. He was performing in class and the teacher kept saying over and over again, “for us,” “for us.” Jonathan was unable to solve the problem that day and was asked to sit back down and observe. It was not until later that he understood that the teacher was simply asking for the mechanical act of turning the mask out to the audience in moments of shared discovery rather than play it in profile. This lesson defined Jonathan’s entire approach to performance in later years. The struggle was to understand that what we do as performers and story tellers is for the audience rather than for the experience of the performer. This is one of the many lessons of the mask.

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Nosey was inspired by one of the masks used at the Lecoq School in Paris France in 1986 by Jonathan Becker during that part of his studies. The masks at the school were designed and built by a mask maker in Basel, Switzerland. The masks were made out of paper in the style of the venetian masks. The larval masks were used in the teaching to inspire play in the students.

During an improvisation class Jonathan remembers a problem he was unable to solve or understand at the time. He was performing in class and the teacher kept saying over and over again, “for us,” “for us.” Jonathan was unable to solve the problem that day and was asked to sit back down and observe. It was not until later that he understood that the teacher was simply asking for the mechanical act of turning the mask out to the audience in moments of shared discovery rather than play it in profile. This lesson defined Jonathan’s entire approach to performance in later years. The struggle was to understand that what we do as performers and story tellers is for the audience rather than for the experience of the performer. This is one of the many lessons of the mask.

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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.

Early Bird Special - Save $150

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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