Before the Gaze: A Historical and Performative Perspective of theTheatrical Mask Open Access

Harland, Timothy Yuichi Ikebuchi (2013)

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As social beings, we present different aspects of ourselves to others depending on whom they are and how we wished to be perceived by them. In a sense, we are constantly wearing a mask when interacting with others. Particularly in this age of technology where self-promotion and censorship run rampant in the Internet, I believe it is pertinent that the issue be addressed. I wish to find a way to illuminate this social precaution of social masking through the use of theatrical mask in performance. The theatrical mask helped define the entire art in its genesis and has continued to make revivals throughout its history, making it an integral piece of the form. By studying the mask from historical, developmental, and performative standpoints, I will create a presentational performance demonstrating the wide ability and application of the theatrical mask. Through this performance, I hope to make commentary not only on the theatrical mask, but also on the inner workings of the individual in society in order to draw the public's attention to them.

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1. ORIGINS OF THE WESTERN THEATRICAL MASK..........................1

2. THE MASK'S RETURN...........................................................17

3. PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH MASK.....................................30

APPENDIX A: MASK-MAKING TECHNIQUES...................................43

APPENDIX B: MONOLOGUES......................................................52

APPENDIX C: PRODUCTION PHOTOS...........................................60

APPENDIX D: DIRECT/PARAPHRASED FEEDBACK...........................66

BIBLIOGRAPHY.......................................................................68

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