Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Sep 10, 2010 - Art - 264 pages
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Profiling 30 mask makers from around the world, this book explores the motivations and challenges of contemporary artists working to bring the traditional methods and conventions of mask making to an evolving global theatre. There are 181 photographs--including two sections of color plates--of mask makers and their works illustrate how the mythic iconography of masks is used in the modern fields of dance, mime, theatre, and storytelling. Topics include the ways in which mask artists and performers maintain a sense of universality despite varying local customs; the legacies of Italian mask makers Amleto and Donato Sartori and of the California-based Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre; and the ways in which traditional approaches in mask artistry continue to influence commercial mask performance ventures in film, on Broadway, and in touring companies.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Traditional Mask in Performance
7
2 Describing and Displaying the Work of Traditional Mask Makers
17
8 Color Plates Containing 27 Photographs
84
3 Mask Making Techniques
102
4 Insights of International Mask Makers
140
5 Influences on Mask Making for Contemporary Masked Performances
155
6 Commercial Mask Makers and Traditional Mythic Concepts
168
7 New Global Directions for Mask Makers
181
Conclusion
206
Appendix I
209
Appendix II
212
Appendix III
214
Chapter Notes
217
Bibliography
223
Index
229

8 Color Plates Containing 29 Photographs
180

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About the author (2010)

Deborah Bell is a professor in costume design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she has taught for three decades.

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