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An Italian Summer(y)

Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali Earlier this summer, I posted about my study with the Sartori in Abano Terme, a small city of 19,000 near the larger city of Padova. Here are a few photos of the rest of that work!   From our initial designs on paper, we sculpted our masks in clay. Then … Continue reading An Italian Summer(y)

Tutti piani

  Welcome to my first blog from Italia. In short, it's amazing! The study is engrossing, the people wonderful, a wine costs just a couple euro.Because of difficultly in previous years of the workshop, we aren't allowed to take many pictures during the workshop, so instead of lots of mask process photos, you'll enjoy shots of … Continue reading Tutti piani

Buon Viaggio

Strebor Ailuj At some point—after I had already researched various mask traditions and teachers around the world, and after I had already decided how to focus my next period of study, and after I had already begun strategizing  and planning my trip—I realized something significant. My first study in culture and mask traditions had brought me … Continue reading Buon Viaggio

Mask Making Workshop in Portland April 29–May 1

  Hello all! I've been  blog-silent, but studio-busy...  It's been a great year of building shows, creating mask pieces for museums, selling masks at Mardi Gras, and making connections with mask lovers, performers and teachers all over. I'm pleased to announce another mask making workshop in Portland. See details below. —Tony Design, sculpt, cast and paint your own mask! … Continue reading Mask Making Workshop in Portland April 29–May 1

Hunting for solutions

Behind the Scenes: The King Stag This show was produced at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and designed by Professor Michael Olich. I worked as the movement consultant for the actors and as an assistant designer/ builder of various mask and puppet items. Seven months before the show would open, we met to share broad concepts, … Continue reading Hunting for solutions

A summer of puppetry & dance

I had an amazing summer of work, which has lead right into some great projects this fall. I have been so occupied with doing, I haven't had much time to share.. so here are just a few quick highlights! The Creation Story: Lincoln Center Education & Carmen DeLavallade After taking part in a second summer … Continue reading A summer of puppetry & dance

Face Hacking

What makes a mask a mask? How does a change in technology affect this ancient practice of transformation? I stumbled upon this video on Facebook. It's pretty interesting what they are doing. In one respect, it's a live-time version of makeup—the face is decorated with moving images, but the dimensions of the face are not altered … Continue reading Face Hacking