The "African Pavilion Auroville" hosted us for a month of work in the beginning of 2020.
We proposed an acting class "Expressing the beast" and a theatre workshop with the aim of exploring and researching the world of masks and their connection with foundational myths and legends.
Every day we held a 2-hour acting class on the use and the exploration of the expressive masks. The masks we technically worked on were: larval, expressive, "commedia dell'arte" and African. The course ended with a ritual:
we don't call it a show because the public had an active role. Each performance was supported, facilitated and guided by the actors' work.
Every day we dealt with a different topic. We studied in depth theatre elements, acrobatics, and the link between masks and animals. There was no obligation to attend, everyone could choose according to their preference.
We held on reservation mask-making workshops. We found on-site paper, flour, clay, chalk and other needed materials. People built the masks they preferred, without creative bonds!
In this way they could freely find a connection between the European and local culture.