Theater workshop slated at the LTCC Duke Theater
Lake Tahoe Community College’s theater department is hosting a two-day workshop offered by the Theater R.A.B. called “The Magic of Mask work: Bringing a Mask to Life,” on Sept. 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Duke Theater. No advance registration is necessary and the cost of the workshop is $30. The workshop is recommended for anyone interested in mask work as well as acting students of all levels.
Theater R.A.B. produces original theatrical works through movement, music and the spoken word. The performers are the actors, authors and designers of their shows. Their performances blend elements of conventional acting, mask and movement, theater, pantomime and music. The unique masks, designed and built in their own workshop, play a central role in most of the productions. They perform predominantly in Germany, but have also performed throughout Europe the U.S. and Japan.
The LTCC workshop will concentrate on the experience of performing with a mask and will explore “mask” performance both from a technical and intuitive side. It will also look at portraying non-human creatures, and the time-space dynamics of movement performance. The workshop offers performance insights and techniques that are also valuable for traditional acting, both on stage and in film.
Franziska Braegger and Len Shirts founded Theater R.A.B. and have been working together since 1990 in experimental theater projects and movement theater productions.
Braegger was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She performed with the Swiss street theater company Teatro del Cuore, appearing in small Alpine villages and for five years in the fringe theater festival of Avignon. She was a member of the Grotowski-influenced “Tulari Boga” in Bern and she received training in acting and Theater Pedagogy at the theater academy Spielstatt Ulm. She was co-founder and performer in the companies Theater Séraphim and Integrale Theater Werkstatt Ulm.
Shirts graduated from South Tahoe High School in 1974. He received his bachelor’s degree in theater arts with emphasis in acting and pantomime from Humboldt State University. He later trained with Leonard Pitt School of Mime and Movement and had workshops from various professionals in stage combat, dance and experimental theater. He lived in San Francisco, where he performed in Shakespeare plays, musicals, with the Environmental Dance Theatre Zaccho SF and in experimental performance works of his own authorship. He moved in 1985 to Ulm, Germany, to teach theater movement at the Theater Academy Spielstatt Ulm. He continued creating and performing original works, and in 1993 was co-founder of the environmental theater ensemble Integralen TheaterWerkStatt Ulm. Since 1976 he has designed and built more than 80 masks.
For more information about the workshop, call David Hamilton at (530) 541-4660, ext. 240