Mask and Puppet technique for dancers

10 June 2022

En dag Workshop i samarbete med Dansalliansen kl.9.00-16.00.

Anmäl dig senast den 31/5 till: Dansalliansen

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.

















Created in 2006 by Mariana Araoz

within the Drama Company Collectif Masque,

Trans Mission Research-TMR is a space for training, research

and creation.

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.


• 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 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.


Based on animalism and awakening of our antennas and awareness of nature presence in our body and towards the space.


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


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”.


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.

Carousel imageCarousel image

Meet Matan David - Gaga/dancers classes and Ohad Naharin Repertoire Week 33

This summer training is a collaboration between Dansalliansen, Danscentrum Syd. and ILDance. Obs! No pre -registration required. If you want to participate in the repertoire class you also need to take the morning class!

Vecka 33, 15/8-19/8 Måndag till Fredag

Morgonklass GAGA 9.30-10.45

Repertoire Ohad Naharin 11.00 - 12.30

About Gaga

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout many years, parallel to his work as a choreographer and artistic director (1990-2018) of Batsheva Dance Company.

Gaga classes are predicated on a deep listening to the body and to physical sensations. The instructions are deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation, information is layered, building into a multisensory, physically challenging experience. While many instructions are imbued with rich imagery, the research of Gaga is fundamentally physical, insisting on a specific process of embodiment. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, agility, and skills including coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination.

Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures. The classes employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar skills with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well, unlocking the endlessness of possibilities. Dancers are guided to connect their effort to pleasure and to discover the virtue of silliness.

Ohad Naharin Repertoire

This class gives dancers an opportunity to learn excerpts of Ohad Naharin’s choreographic works and to apply their training in Gaga to the repertory.

BIO: Matan David

Matan was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel in 1982. He started dancing as a folk dancer and at the age of 15 was accepted to Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. During these years, Matan also studied at Bat Dor Dance School, and at age 17 he attended the Juilliard summer program.

After high school, at age 18, Matan was accepted to the Batsheva Ensemble. He performed there for two years before dancing with the main company for ten more seasons. In the twelve years Matan danced in Batsheva, he was a part of some of Naharin’s greatest creations such as Three, MAX, The Hole, and many more.

From 2013-2017, Matan was the director of Batsheva – The Young Ensemble, which has become one of the leading young companies in the dance world. The year he became director, he also won the Yair Shapira award, and the ensemble was named the best performing company by Israel’s Ministry of Culture. Matan was later rehearsal director for Batsheva Dance Company between July 2022 - January 2022.

Matan has undertaken a long, meaningful process with Naharin’s movement language and is a senior teacher of Gaga. He teaches Gaga around the world and is one of the main Gaga teachers for the Batsheva Ensemble and company.

Photo credits:

Photo of Matan: Guy Nahum Levi

Gaga photos: Ascaf

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

The intuition in action workshop - Meet Stephen Rappaport Week 34, 22/8 - 24/8

This is a collaboration between Dansalliansen and Danscentrum Syd. Pre sign up link will soon appear here.

Week 34 22/8 - 24/8 Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Kl. 11.15 - 16.00 including lunch/breaks.

Limit of 8 participants for this workshop.


"The objective of the workshop is for you as a participant to gain greater trust in your intuition, imagination, creativity and to expand your expressive range.

The work is research in how to effectively "get out of your own way".... to lay off the inner critic and to allow rich material to present itself. The work is fun, stimulating, and challenging. It is highly likely that you will be breaking new, fertile ground. Please familiarize yourself with the work at the website, where you will find a more in-depth description, a video lecture, and testimonials from previous participants.

Note: You should have a clear intention to attend every session. You must come on time. There is homework given. The homework does not need to take very long. You decide how much time you put into your work.

We will be working very concentrated. A short break or two. Bring snack food, a water bottle, a notebook, and a pencil.

Looking forward to working with you."

Stephen Rappaport is an actor, director, singer-songwriter, solo theater performer and playwright. He has written, performed and toured 6 solo theater performances internationally. His screen credits include guest-starring roles in Star Trek Voyager, ER, Brooklyn South, Beck, Modus…etc. He tours with his performance band The Stephen Rappaport Band. For the past 25 years, Stephen has developed and led his INTUITION IN ACTION WORKSHOP, for virtually all elite schools of higher artistic learning in Sweden, for businesses, and a wide variety of groups, individuals, institutions, and universities internationally. For more information:

A BOP Jazz dance & Music Theatre Arts Residency - Meet Dollie Henry & Paul Jenkins Week 35, 29/8 - 1/9

This is a collaboration between Dansalliansen and Danscentrum Syd. Pre sign up link will soon appear here.

Week 35 29/8 - 1/9 Monday through Thursday.

Morning class 10.00 -11.30 ( to be attended for participants of the workshop!)

Workshop 12.00-16.00 (including breaks)

"The BOP Jazz Mission is to share and pass on the artistic and creative aesthetic of the jazz dance art form, bringing a realistic and relevant appreciation and exploration of creative Jazz dance theatre, techniques, skills and individual expression that are at the heart of the Jazz dance genre.

All this and more within the highly energised and nurturing environment, that is BOP Jazz Theatre Company.

The BOP Jazz Intensive Program is suitable for advanced and professional dancers and teachers, with a concise understanding of dance technique. The BOP Jazz Residency is aimed to inspire, yet challenge. “Come As You Are” is the BOP Mantra, allowing everyone to develop and achieve their own potential as jazz dance performers.

The Daily Schedule includes​ - Full BOP Jazz technical warm-up and floor exercises. The learning of selected BOP repertoire and creating of jazz dance narratives. Educational Jazz Talks & Video presentations.

The outcome of the week will culminate in a performance sharing of the work learnt, to take place on the afternoon of the last day of the residency in the Studio. This will be an Open Sharing for friends and family to attend.

Every day is a full day of BOP Jazz learning, sharing and being part of a community - You are in for a TREAT Dancers!! "


Body of People Jazz Theatre Company aka BOP is a truly unique UK based Jazz Dance, Music and Theatre Company. Founded in 1996 by Jazz Artist and Choreographer - Dollie Henry and Jazz Trumpeter, Composer, Music Producer - Paul Jenkins.

BOP Company through the guidance of Dollie and Paul, continue to develop and produce works in collaboration with other established artistic and commercial organisations both here in the UK and internationally. Through the many strands of BOP, the company bring their feisty energy, creative flair and business sensibility to lead a diverse company that encompasses all aspects of dance, music and theatre making and media presentations.

BOP have produced, created and staged an array of theatrical jazz including - Touches of Miles, Trumpet Trilogy, A Journey of Jazz, Dizzy Heights, Duke’s Place, Echoes of Ellington, Footprints in Jazz and most recently Miles Ahead and Up Close & Personal.

The company has performed at The South Bank Centre, The Place, Bloomsbury Theatre, Emma Cons Hall, The Cochrane Theatre, Blackpool’s Opera House, The Point Theatre, Litchfield Theatre, Tyne Theatre-Newcastle, Pavilion Theatre-Exmouth, Wilde Theatre - South Hill Park Arts Centre- Berkshire, Croydon Fairfield Halls, Sadler’s Wells and Lillian Baylis Theatre & Cadogan Hall.

More recently performances at Battersea Arts and Richmix Theatre in London and the Curve Theatre, Leicester with their BOP Theatre productions – Through The Eyes of Woman and The Spirit of Jazz .

Internationally the company works have been commissioned and performed in Austria, China, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Lebanon, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Caribbean and USA. Dollie and Paul also produce and devise commercial productions that include, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Concert Dance, Film and Video productions.

BOP as a artistic company, is dedicated to the ongoing legacy, artistic development and creative practices of the Jazz Theatre Art Form. Realised through exciting and innovative Jazz theatre performances, educational, mentoring programs and professional development for the UK Jazz Dance, Music and Theatre Community.

Together, Dollie and Paul are pushing through to provide an essential platform that facilitates the true practice and realisation of the Jazz expression and artistic delivery within a diverse and inclusive Jazz company. BOP are the catalysts for driving the UK Jazz theatre narrative forward into the 21st century.

The vision and mission of BOP is to Enlighten, Educate and Entertain through the pure essence and expression of the Jazz Art Form.

For further information about BOP follow and connect.

BOP website:


BOP Youtube:

FB/IG/Twitter: @bopjazzuk |Dollie @dolliehenry

Linkedin: @BOP Jazz Theatre Company

Jazz Theatre Arts UK (Our Member Led Network in Partnership with One Dance UK for UK Jazz Arts & Artists) | FB/IG: @jazztheatreartsuk

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image