The Neutral Mask Analysis

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When creating a performance that focuses on the expressiveness of the body the actor must no longer rely on their face as their gateway to expression. By introducing a mask the actor has to stop thinking of his or her face as a focal point and instead they must represent the character feelings physically. ‘There’s a freedom that comes from putting on the mask, expressing yourself solely through your body’ (Schiffman, 2005). Mask work aims to free the actors from the pressures placed on delivering lines and instead allows them to connect with the characters on a deeper and more physical level. The ‘Neutral Mask’’ (Lecoq,2009:p39) is the perfect starting point, it is a mask without expression or characteristics and it's blank nature forces

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