Kaleidoscope: Women's Mask Ensemble


Master Artist Avital Manor-Peleg

Hosts a year-long residency with seasonal intensives.

Oct 25 & 26, 6:30-9:30pm

Cost: $75 ($60 members). 

Financial Aid & sliding scale rates are available. 

Join Master Artist Avital Manor-Peleg for an extraordinary journey through the seasons using the art of the mask as our guide. In a positive, collaborative, and nurturing setting, we will learn techniques and aesthetics of non-verbal acting through Avital’s original Alternative Mask Performance (AMP) method. The four seasons will serve as a context for exploring the complexities and fragmentation of female identity across both time and space. Each session will embrace a unique style of mask performance, culminating in the creation of original scenes and etudes to be shared with invited audiences. Throughout, we will examine the mask as a visual vessel of inherent conflicts, a paradox between the human body and the artificial face object.

No previous experience is necessary. This workshop is appropriate for professional performing artists and educators, as well as for curious women who would like to engage in a unique artistic process.

Session 2: Fall Full of Fools!
Two Evening Sessions: October 25, 26, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm

In the holiday season known for masks and mischief, we’ll explore the playful and liberating technique of acting with larval masks. These abstract, large masks allow the performer to become aware of their stylized theatrical movements. In scenes and character studies, students will learn the power of non-verbal communication and discover how to portray a range of compelling and comedic characters through movement.

Session 3: Winter of Insight
Two Evening Sessions: January 25 & February 1 2017, 6:30-9:30pm

In the season of hibernation and introspection, each member of the ensemble will design, create, and perform with her own original “Self-specific” mask. This original technique integrates the emotional, physical, cognitive, and visual aspects of identity. Using a self-made mask encourages the actress to be an expressive, independent artist/performer and empowers her unique, dynamic, and diverse identity.

Session 4: Spring Masks in Bloom
Two Daytime Sessions, May 13 & 20, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm

Explore the living environment as a theatrical stage in this unique space-based performance workshop. Working solo and in small groups, we’ll use masks, props, and natural elements to create original and startling pieces of theater. We’ll explore the practice, aesthetics, and politics of site-specific performance and gain inspiration from our surroundings, whether that’s a rusty staircase, a familiar street, or a flowering tree.

About Avital: Avital Manor-Peleg is an international artist, director, educator and social justice advocate. She uses art as a vehicle to explore the multifaceted aspects of life. Originally from Israel, she graduated from Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts and received her B.A. and M.A. degrees with honors from Tel Aviv University, and later joined their theatre department as an instructor. During decades of research, teaching, and directing, Avital developed a unique three-part theatrical mask teaching model, which results in the creation of original visual theatre while empowering individual identities. She is currently associated with the International Schools Theatre Association as a master mask artist. She served as the director of the Israeli Puppetry Center in Holon, where she pioneered the development of new academic puppetry programs. Avital recently served as the Cultural Attaché in the Consulate General of Israel to New England. With a passion for theater, she believes that the performing arts is an invaluable tool of empowerment. She fosters an environment in which people can express and examine their complex identities by bridging individuals and communities together through cultural exchange.

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