Marcel Marceau – “The Mask Maker”

In my previous post, we raised the discussion about “A clown and a suitcase…” We discussed what the definition of a clown is for us, from what material the suitcase could be made, how the suitcase could be and what the clown could have put inside the suitcase. This conversation reminded me one of the best performances of Marcel Marceau, the Master of all Mimes of all times, in “The Mask Maker”; a masterpiece that leaves you speechless….

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First Theatrical Performance: “BAR – CAT – CODE”

Hey again everyone!

Easter is over and as I mentioned in my previous post because of Passion human creates Art! Today I would like to talk about the first theatrical performance, “BAR – CAT – CODE” in which I took part. BAR - CAT - CODE, theatrical performanceAs I have already mentioned in my very first post, the main difference between drama games and theatre is that their purpose isn’t the theatrical performance itself, but the creative procedure that a group participant will experience and step-by-step he/she will achieve to understand, by observing and playing, his/her inner and outer world in relation with others. Drama Games Workshops adressing adults, often experiment with a variety of subjects, themes and even concepts. So, this experimentation and philosophical investigation, through dramatization, role-playing, improvisation, and pantomime, that normally takes place inside the Workshop, may lead to the desire for a theatrical performance from all group participants. And so it did! Three years ago, our Drama Games Workshop gave its first theatrical performance, “BAR – CAT- CODE”, produced by “human traces” and “cat nails“…! Continue reading

Easter: The Passage from Death to Rebirth

Today is Holy Wednesday, the middle of the Holy Week, and the Divine Passion reaches its dramatic peak. During the evening of Holy Wednesday, the Vesper of Holy Thursday is chanted  with a central theme the feet ablution of the Apostles by Jesus Christ, the Last Supper, the Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Betrayal by Judas.

Last Supper, Ressurection

On Holy Monday, through a variety of theatre games and activities, we ritually celebrated the Easter Holy Days  in our Theatre Games Workshop. Our “Last Supper” and “Resurrection” took place. Each participant had to bring with him/her something that symbolizes for him/her the Easter Holy Days, such as an object, a text, a taste, a smell, a flower, a song, etc. After forming a cycle, each participant had the chance to say whatever he/she wished to share with the others concerning the Easter Holy Days, him/herself or the group. Then, we raised a discussion on what all these objects represent for us, and influenced by all those stimuli, continued interpreting the word “Passion“. Continue reading