Masks

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Masks can be ritualistic, spiritual, disguise, hiding, intimidation and scare, protection, entertainment and theatrics. They have many other functions and attributes. All have the effect or intent of transformation. This transformation is either perceived (looking at a mask) or expressed (performing with or looking out of a mask).

In 2005 Roland, inspired by his fascination with the subject, designed a series of masks: simple rectilinear, minimal, geometric shapes constructed of foamcore. While they are all of the same visual vocabulary, they fall into five distinct families, or tribes.

These masks will be used as the feature characters in the staging “The Only Tribe”.

The stage performance of “The Only Tribe” is Roland’s abstract interpretation of a short story by Rebecca Bannor-Addae. Her mythical tale of “The Only Tribe” explores how identity creates relationships and the notion of safety while, by the same token, stirring conflicting tribal identities that create havoc, disagreement, and chaos. Utilizing dance, music/sound, lighting and projected images, the performance will explore issues of tribal/societal identity, outside influences/propaganda, ritualistic and spiritual behavior, segregation, integration, conflict and disintegration.

Music for the performance will be composed by Stephen Barber

© 2007 Roland Gebhardt


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See images from the Mask Gathering

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