BUILDING THE MASK OF YOUR OPPRESSOR
After seven years it was my honor and delight to return to Jana Sanskriti. This time, I came prepared to offer a workshop and I brought two of my American students.
The workshop was held in three languages – English, Hindi and Bengali. With the help of our willing participants communication was possible.
I had never offered this workshop before. I dreamed it and it felt like a good idea. BUILDING THE MASK OF YOUR OPPRESSOR.
Masks have been my specialty for over 30 years and I once worked for a mask maker who made face casts.I had also taken a workshop about your inner demons and this photo is the mask I made for that workshop.
In three days, we met and built the masks and on day four, the real work began. Pairs were encouraged to have a conversation with their masks on their phones in the selfie mode.
I think this exercise is a great building block to add to Boal’s Rainbow of Desire and Cop in the Head exercises.
I will be meeting with Katy Rubin in NYC next week to discuss possibilities for further development of this exercise.
Jana Sanskriti once again acts as glue joining like-minded individual together in the world.
I look forward to returning to Jana Sanskriti soon.