Since the year 1999, I have been researching the tragicomic dimension of the mask through the design and creation of masks, theatre courses, theatre ensembles, and performances. I am more and more focused on the development of my vision as a mask-maker, and on the creation of masks that tell the stories of our time. Masks have become the characters of my shows; at the same time, the shows themselves are masks.
I confront the feelings, dramas, and stories that I wish to tell as if they were clay, plaster, leather, wood, resin, fabric or latex. With this invisible material, I look for forms through which a personal world of sensation and intuition can take substance. Sometimes characters, texts, courses, and shows are born. For me, they are all masks
Sometimes a feeling reaches the level of “a Form” and then I stylize the Form into a shape: that shape gives birth to a series of masks.
Sometimes in the struggle between the feeling and the Form, the shape suddenly appears, and the mask is there; it is the mask itself that makes me understand its nature.
Almost always, at a certain point of the creation, it is difficult to understand who is leading the game: me, or the mask.
The imperceptible needs a mask in order to manifest itself
Some of the masks become part of the shows that I conceive and direct. Others are used as pedagogic tools in my workshops and conferences; at the ATELIER Mask Movement Theatre in Tuscany, Italy. On a few occasions, I have created masks for artists whose research interests me.