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Acting and Mask Workshop

February 1 at 5:00 pm
Irwin Hall Auditorium, LAU Beirut

About The Workshop

Masks on stage took many forms through time and civilizations. From sacred rituals to personified gods, from Commedia dell'arte to Japanese Noh theater, one common principle is to hide the face of the actor in order to reveal something from our nature and souls.

The workshop will offer participants the experience of mask manipulation, our relation with our body, energy of movement, and the power of presence. Participants will go through different exercises that would lead to a new freedom in acting, an unrestricted field of imagination and interpretation.

Participants are asked to be willing to engage with their body, experiment movement differently, and work in a collective spirit.
Comfortable clothes are requested.
All levels

Aurelien Zouki.

Aurelien Zouki studied theater in Paris, where he worked as an actor with different directors such as Gilles Zaeppfel, Bruno Thircuir, Jean Bellorini, and Nathalie Garraud. He has also participated in choreographic creations in France and Italy, where he was a performer in Rafaella Giordano’s Cuocere il Mondo. In 2007, he moved back to Beirut and co-founded Collectif Kahraba, with whom he created several theater, dance, and puppets performances (Landscape of our tears, Géalogie d’une fable…), that toured in Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Romania, UK, and France. Always interested in body language and all forms of dance expressions, Aurélien participated in mask workshops with Marcela Obregon, Butoh dance with Yumiko Yoshioka, and contemporary dance with Christophe Leblay. In 2010, he took part in Takween Contemporary Dance School, where he worked with choreographers such as Jens Bjerregaard, Marco Cantaluppo, Radhouane el Meddeb, Anani Sanouvi, and Luc Dunberry. Since 2011, Zouki has been the co-director of Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran, a multidisciplinary outdoor festival organized by Collectif Kahraba in Mar Mikhael neighborhood in Beirut. Aurélien’s path also led him to give workshops to Palestinian, Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and to domestic migrant workers, in different contexts all around Lebanon. He is the founding member and co-director of Hammana Artist House, an artistic residency space and cultural hub.

About IWCS (Imagine Workshop and Concert Series)
Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) is a series of concerts, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, outreach and education programs. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of our community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU's faculty, students and a diverse community; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives, and introducing underprivileged communities to the power of arts.

For more info contact Dr. Seba Ali: seba.ali@lau.edu.lb

For more info about IWCS visit the Facebook page.

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