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Toronto: Mixed Company brings back its two-day “Masks of Manipulation” workshop November 2 and 9

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to be bringing our two-day MASKS OF MANIPULATION workshop back to Toronto on November 2nd and 9th, 2019!

Read on to learn about the workshop, as well as discount opportunities for students, CAEA members, and under-waged participants.

About the Workshop

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

The Masks of Manipulation, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat, gives face to each of the seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.

In this two-day workshop, participants will embody and activate their understandings of manipulation, a process which culminates in the creation of each person’s own Mask of Manipulation. Each mask then becomes a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation.

This workshop, co-facilitated by Simon Malbogat and Peter Jarvis, is suitable for artists, educators, social workers and community activators alike.

Workshop Details:

  • Who: Artists, educators, social workers, and community activators
  • When: November 2nd and 9th, 2019 | 9:30AM - 5:30PM both days
  • Where: The Ladies Parlour (main floor of St Luke’s United Church), 157 Carlton St, Toronto ON
  • Price: $260+HST**

**Did you know: CAEA members get 20% off Mixed Company Theatre workshop fees!Students & arts workers who identify as under-waged are also eligible for a 50% workshop discount. 

Price still a barrier? Get in touch to ask about our limited bursary program.

Register HERE

In Day One of this workshop,Commedia dell'Arte-inspired masks are created in conjunction with physical theatre, improvisation and image-theatre exercises. The design and colours of each mask are informed by each participant's new understandings of manipulation and oppression, and in Day Two, the masks are activated as physical touchstones to channel and embody each of seven manipulative forces.

About the Masks of Manipulation Facilitators:

Simon Malbogat is an award-winning theatre director, performer, and teacher with over 25 years of experience in Forum Theatre facilitation. Simon studied with the greatest contemporary popular theatre practitioners (Augusto Boal, Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, Yoshi Oida) and has directed and acted in over 50 new Canadian works. Throughout his career, Simon has been focused on bringing theatre to youth, resulting in over 40 Forum Theatre plays for young people and has worked with many community organizations such as the Community Initiative Project, Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, the East End Community Health Centre, the Sears Drama Festival for Youth, the Social Planning Council of Peel and the Toronto West End Community. He has also taught at The University of Toronto, York University, Humber College, Queen’s and Brock University.

Peter Jarvis has been an entertainer & performance artist since 1979. Facilitating artistic mime, dance, clown, mask and music have allowed Peter to work extensively in film, theatre and television on such shows as Sesame St and Cirque du Soleil. Peter Jarvis continues to enjoy performing internationally in the USA, England, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Poland, and Turkey. The Masks of Manipulation shown in the above photo are but one example of Peter’s talent as a professional designer and creator of masks.

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