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In Balance or the TMR-Balance method© (Mask and Puppet technique for actors, dancers and singers)
Directed by Mariana Araoz, an Argentinian-French director, mask actress and pedagogue, living in Paris, and dedicated for 30 years to the art of Mask and Puppet.
She has created the "TMR Balance Method" inspired from pedagogues as Mario Gonzalez, Barbara Wilczek Ekholm, Delphine Eliet and Harald Leander as well as from traditional puppet and mask-theater as the Bunraku, Kabuki, Theatre Noh and Butto.
The Balance Method is based on the concept of balance through the theater space, the stage, the actors, the troupe and the audience. The main characters and the story are supported and brought to life by the "servants of stage" or the manipulators of the "puppets" through mask and puppets codifications. She has created in her method the story telling form called: THE BIRDS.
Listening, breathing, animality, precision, awareness and support are the basis of this work.
TMR © WORKSHOP
FROM PERSONNAL TRANSFORMATION
MARIANA ARAOZ (MASK and PUPPET DIRECTOR
AND EDUCATIONAL CREATOR) HAS
DEVELOPED AND CREATED THE METHOD
TMR © OR METHOD “IN BALANCE”.
THE METHOD TMR © USES MASK, PUPPET and OBJECT MANIPULATION AS
PEDAGOGICAL SUPPORT AND CREATIVE TOOL.
ITS OBJECTIVE IS TO REACH A BALANCE IN THE
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DANCERS AND THE SPACE
AND TO ACHIEVE THE TRANSMISSION OF
AND EXPERIENCES BETWEEN THE MEMBERS OF THE GROUP.
TMR ©: stands for TRANS MISSION RESEARCH
Created in 2006 by Mariana Araoz
within the Drama Company Collectif Masque,
Trans Mission Research-TMR is a space for training, research
Built through the TMR © method, it is a creative platform producing shows,
events, movies, exhibitions focusing on gender balance, Movement Theater,
Mask and puppet as a vector of language and communication.
AIMS OF THE WORKSHOP
• Breathing and calm
• Attention and listening
• Transmission to the group of individual skills
• Body balance and architecture of the surrounding space
• The pleasure of a playful approach
Mask and puppet technique is used to explore these objectives, bringing to life props and inanimate objects.
The central education exercise of the method is called « the birds »
The dancers imitate the gesture of one a participant called « the protagonist » and move
In unison, like birds flying. The gesture circulates and evolves from participant to participant. Sounds and songs produced by “stage servants” are added. A common story is told.
THE PUPPET DANCER
The dancer proposes stylized gestures as in Puppet Theater, inspired from Bunraku or the Noh Theater. We will use a dubbing system; the “stage servant” performs the rhythm, music or vocal part in harmony with the “dancers-puppets” movements. This communication between vocal and gestural writings produces a common dramaturgy.
THE BALANCE or measurement MASK
Exercises, governed by precise codes, help us to be aware of what we do and the way we do it. The balance mask allows self-design, analyze and defines precisely movements and emotions.
THE ORGANIC MASK
Based on animalism and awakening of our antennas and awareness of nature presence in our body and towards the space.
THE CHARACTER MASK or puppets
Working with character masks, bringing this character to life, with a half-mask in wood.
This is the moment of transformation into a different persona than us.
With the help of the « stage servants », the dancers bring a character to life. The
Lines and mask design indicate a character. The group will give birth to the character using the bird exercise and the measurement mask (also called the midwives).
THE COLLECTIVE MASK The participants, alternatively “protagonists” and “Stage servants”, will create and tell common stories, improvise, breathe as one and only person.
The TMR method is used to create, develop, gain confidence and creativity through the eyes and the support of the other members of the group. The group is responsible for the birth and development of character to which they gave birth, with kindness and delicacy. The group grows and improves individually and collectively, never letting anybody behind
DIRECTOR: MARIANA ARAOZ
Creator of the TMR © method, Mariana Araoz is a director and permanent professor at the National Conservatory of Malmö in Sweden and in her own school and research center « La Maison de l’Equilibre » in Paris. Passionate and specialized in mask and puppet theater since 1990, she taught at the National Conservatory CNSAD in Paris, at the College St. Olaf in Minneapolis, at Columbia University in New York, in the Boris Schoukin Institute in Moscow as well as in the drama schools of Seville, Caracas and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Mariana Araoz staged around forty plays in France, the United States and Sweden where she was nominated for the Thalia Award for best Directing in 2014. She was also granted with the Support fund for the “Festival Off-Avignon”.
WORKSHOP FOR DANCERS
STEP 1 we will first work on the architecture of the space as if it was a puppet that we have to give life: breathing, movements and voice exercises will be our tools. We will draw our space and start the collective work through two types of exercises: organic and precision.
The Birds movement: we imitate the protagonist's movements and follow as in a bird congregation. One group is on stage and the other group is out stage doing "the service". As in Theater Noh, or Puppet Theater, the role of the servant of stage, is what gives life to the dancers on stage. Then the groups switch.
Step 2 Measurement Mask and Organic Mask: We continue practicing the two exercises and now adding the Balance or neutral Mask (black mask) and the organic masks. The dancers, all dressed in black become like the puppet players of their own character. We will add the story telling and music to the exercises.
STEP 3 The two basic exercises will help us bring to life The Character Mask (Modern mask): We will bring to life a Character. We will create somebody different from our own identity. The body is sculpted and stylized as in dance. To bring them to life we have to connect to emotions and situations. The music, songs, texts and storytelling will be the basis. The “servants of stage” will give birth and development to this new born character with the help of breathing, “the good gaze” and caring.
STEP 4 the character will continue to grow; we will dress them up and study their ways of walking and expressions. The story telling and movements will be improvised in a collective way. Inspired from the Greek Theater and Puppet Theater, we will focus on the protagonist, the antagonist, the chorus and the servants of stage. The protagonist will have the action and the chorus will give support, light and life to the protagonist. The servants will give the voice, the story telling and sounds.
We will improvise a story with the characters; all the participants will be involved in a dance and storytelling creation.