Larval Masks - The Mask of Naivity and Curiosity
'Larvae-the active immature form of an insect especially one that differs
greatly from the adult'-The New Oxford Dictionary of English.
Larval masks were transposed from the Basel Carnival by Jacques Le Coq.
As masks and embryonic characters, they are fascinated by the world, but
they do not understand it. Their immediacey and spontaneity, unfiltered
by experience and comprehension, can create powerful images of vulnerability.
In my dystopian circus play 'On The Air', they were representives
of the displaced, prisoners and victims of war. Blindfolded and chained, before
being released in a desolate landscape.
Effective exercises can involve exploration of props and space, humanisation
into characters with one trait and interaction with more sophisticated half- masks
and unmasked actors.