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Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study

Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study

by Deborah Bell


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Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786443994
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/10/2010
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   ix

Introduction   1

1. The Traditional Mask in Performance   7

2. Describing and Displaying the Work of Traditional Mask Makers   17

Between pages 84 and 85 are 8 color plates containing 27 photographs

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

Between pages 180 and 181 are 8 color plates containing 29 photographs

7. New Global Directions for Mask Makers   181

Conclusion   206

Appendix I: Basic Functions of the Mask   209

Appendix II: Leather Mask Materials Suppliers   212

Appendix III: Contact Information for Mask Makers   214

Chapter Notes   217

Bibliography   223

Index   229

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