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The Neutral Mask | 8-10 December 2023

A three days intensive exploring your essential presence and clarity of action on stage.

The Neutral Mask | 8-10 December 2023
The Neutral Mask | 8-10 December 2023

Time & Location

08 Dec 2023, 17:00 CET – 10 Dec 2023, 18:00 CET

Berlin, Pflügerstraße, 12045 Berlin, Germany


December 8-10, 2023

Friday 5:00pm - 9pm

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm

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There  are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really  are, and  the one we have in common. - Jacques Lecoq (1921 - 1999)

What happens when you put on a mask that is “neutral”, that has no character at all?

A  neutral mask is never neutral when it sits on the face of the  player.  Since it does not contain a dramatic facial expression, it acts  like a  magnifying glass for the inherent dramatic expression that is  present in  your own body. By enabling you to identify your own unique  movement  characteristics, it invites you to quiet the “noise” in your  body and  clarify your gestures in time and space. Enter the silence of  the  neutral mask.

In  this workshop we will use neutral masks as a pedagogical tool for   becoming aware of movement habits and blocks in the drive towards more   clarity of movement and presence on stage.

We will be using hand-crafted, leather masks developed by three generations of the Sartori family in Padova, Italy.

This 3 day neutral mask workshop will focus on:

● Creating a world on stage

● Projecting space

● Making clear, powerful gestures

● Creating silence

● Becoming aware of our own habits of movement

Peter  Sweet has been working as a performer, teacher and director of  physical  theater and contemporary circus since 2000. His shows: BOOM!  (directed  by Matteo Destro), Swinging High (directed by Giovanni  Fusetti) and Meet  Pete Sweet (Clown developed with Avner "The  Eccentric" Eisenberg) have  toured in over 20 countries. Peter served as  the director of performance  in the circus department at Die Etage  Berlin for 4 years. He is a  thesis advisor and coach at Fonty’s  Netherlands masters program in  choreography and has been a guest  teacher at the Stockholm University of  Dance and Circus, Zurich  University of the Arts and the Bayerische  Theaterakademie August  Everding in Munich.

Peter  studied physical theatre at the Helikos International School  of Theatre  Creation in Florence, contemporary and classical dance at  the Salzburg  Experimental Academy of Dance in Salzburg and circus at  Ecole du Cirque  Zofy in Sion (CH). He is a certified teacher of both  the Alexander  Technique and Wutao, a French movement art based on  breath and  undulation.

Peter is currently based in Berlin (DE), where he directs   professional companies, teaches workshops and creates new works of   inspired madness. In his free time he reads, flies kites, dances in the   kitchen, and watches Muppet show re-runs.

This workshop is open to all levels. No prior experience needed.

This workshop uses a donation sliding scale system between 115€- 225€

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If you have questions please send an email to Peter Sweet:

This event is organised in cooperation with Coraggio - Die kulturanstifter e.V.

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