We will be playing with full-faced character masks to learn how to physicalize a character. Masks are both fluid and fixed in their faces, the fluidity within them is where the individual gives them a very unique persona. Every character is different depending on who wears the mask. Through the mask you discover sides to yourself that may surprise you. You "cover" to "uncover" who you are an as artist. You will become aware of how important it is to make choices within your body to help illuminate the character you're playing.
Originally from Denmark, Anana first came to Montreal to study at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens at the age of 12. Since then she trained as an actress and mask artist in both Europe and Canada and eventually worked as an actress for several years with the renowned Scandinavian Theatre group Cantabile 2 that creates site-specific performances around the world. With her own company Level 4 Theatre she launched her solo performance Section O which won her a MECCA revelation award. Her second mask performance Love, Child won her a METAS award for best leading performance. She has taught mask work at Cirque du Soleil, as well as at an orphanage in India, and the School of Stage Arts in Denmark. She works as an actress, voice artist and mo-cap performer in Montreal, while teaching Mime and Improvisation at John Abbott College. www.ananarydvald.com