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The importance of masks in Theatre Arts

seri abdelnour

on 12 March 2011

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Transcript of MASKS

MASKS A mask is an article normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer's body, so in parts of Australia giant totem masks cover the body, whilst Inuit women use finger masks during storytelling and dancing. History of Masks African Masks Painted Masks In some parts of Africa where traditional dances are still held, the masks are finished off with bright enamel and other store-bought materials. You can see this in the photos taken by anthropologists. Unfortunately, dealers know that the collector market prefers subtle colors and antiqued patinas. I'm now selling some of the few painted African masks I've collected over the years. They have not been artificially aged. (Exceptions are marked with asterisks.)

Greek Masks Masks were an essential part of the Greek Theatre, and provided means of transformation. The actor was able to put on a second face and transcend everyday life, taking on a theatrical persona. Japanese Noh masks
In Japan masks belong to a highly developed theatrical tradition. Its purpose used to be strictly religious but this has long since changed. Of all the Japanese masks the Noh mask is said to be the most artistic one. The origins of Noh theatre go back to the thirteenth century. At that time a very popular performance was 'Dengaku no Noh' which translates as 'Field-music Performance' and it had its root in rustic acrobatic and juggling exhibitions. By the fourteenth century, however, Noh had become a kind of opera in which the performers recited while sitting next to each other and then danced. As the fourteenth century went on, another type of Noh, Sarugaku, which used a lot of buffoonery, developed into a serious dramatic performance.
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