Faustwork Mask Theatre - Arts Education Celebration
Body language, psychological insight and humor are the driving forces used by solo artist Robert Faust, the Mask Messenger. His show illuminates and expands the concept of the mask, exploring its relationship to human psychology, business, fashion, art, dance, and theatre. Through a menagerie of characters, he unmasks the folly humans encounter when they act as if life were simple and appearances were not deceiving. In vignettes ranging from comic to poignant to bizarre, the show includes expressive silent masks brought to life with outrageous physicality; comic characters who speak from behind half-masks; and exotic creatures created by masks worn other parts of the body. There is quick-change artistry, an occasional celebrity appearance, and physical distortions that baffle the eyes and dance to the edge of reality and back.
Robert Faust is the founder and artistic director of Faustwork Mask Theatre. He has produced and created six shows that have toured to theatres, festivals, universities, schools, and corporate events around the world. Mr. Faust designs and creates the masks used in Faustwork performances. His masks and sculptures, made from wood, leather, celastic, neoprene, or bronze, are primarily used on stage, but can occasionally be seen in galleries, and have been commissioned by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Pilobolus, Momix, Harvard University, The Paul Winter Consort, and David Kirk/ Callaway Editions, Inc.
The success of The Mask Messenger is due to the fact that it offers not only comic exuberance, but also new insights into the artistic, cultural, and historical aspects of the mask. Mr. Faust will be spending a week in Okanogan County, performing in 6 regional schools, offering a professional development workshop for teachers, as part of Methow Arts Okanogan Region Arts Education Partnership. The public performance at the Winthrop Barn is on Saturday, April 17 at 7pm. It will be a celebration of arts education and feature and opening performance by 1st, 2nd and 6th graders from Methow Valley Elementary who have developed masks and vignettes with regional teaching artists Jody Olson and Spurlin Soya. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets.com and locally at Daily Business in Twisp and Winthrop. $15 advance, $18 at the door. Students are $5, 6 and under are free and encouraged to attend with their parents.
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|Dog Friendly: No|
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