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By Patricia Bayer

An exploration of artwork deco architectural layout, embracing many various occasions and areas in its precis of the routine origins, improvement and effect. numerous forms of structure, the writer explains, have been termed artwork deco, and their antecedents have been combined and infrequently spectacular: arts and crafts, fin-de-siecle Vienna, Cubism, Expressionism and the Bauhaus. Patricia Bayer indicates that paintings deco masterpieces might be visible and trendy around the globe: from the skyscrapers of latest York urban to imperial dwellings in Tokyo from Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Battersea energy Station to motion picture theatres and diners throughout the USA. Post-modernism now makes use of its motifs and idioms, and lots of of the unique structures nonetheless continue to exist, totally restored to their former glory.

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Considering that many plays appeared alongside the bloody combats at the gladiatorial games, it is difficult to see how the work could have been anything other than grotesque and over-the-top. The principal Roman playwrights were influenced by the theatre of the games, with stock characters appearing again and again, responding to their popularity. The masks for the Roman theatre were not only cruder and clearer stock types, but also carried an enlarged forehead, known as the onkos. The two principal writers of the period were Plautus and Terence, and their work was based on the Greek comedies before WHERE DO OUR MASKS COME FROM?

But if you harden them up they become desperate for the truth, with a yearning or desperate quality. Gestures from the chest are heartfelt and personal, pleading, often emotional. Gestures from the face are sensual and sensuous, immediate and tactile. Think of the Italian gesture from the mouth. Gestures from above the eyes to above the head are mad, wild, uncomprehending or exasperated. They are often jubilant or tragic. EXERCISE: GESTURES Have several actors stand on stage and face an audience.

And if they don’t know, the audience don’t stand a chance of knowing! The actor So how then do we portray character so completely and convincingly? Many people suppose that a mask actor must enter a trance for it to work properly. I reject this idea. The place for the trance state 33 34 HOW THE MASK WORKS is in psychodrama or drama therapy, or in the studio. It has no place on the stage. A mask can portray the subtle or hidden nuances of a character’s inner life only when the performer is in control.

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