Mask theatre is all about communication. It is wayward, inspiring, seductive. Masks affect people. They stimulate, provoke, challenge. By adding masks to a play, new layers of consciousness are addressed in both players and audience. The performances are exciting and innovating.
Mask theatre is an in your face way of exposing social situations. It is rooted firmly in the Commedia dell’arte tradition. This sixteenth century Italian dramatic art form offered a theatrical reaction to society. References to current events and persons formed the basis of the plays. The archetypical masks gave actors the freedom to express everything uninhibitedly. To this day, that is still at the heart of mask theatre.