The Present Body: The Neutral Mask Training

“There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common” Jacques Lecoq

This workshop is aimed at actors, theatre-makers, dancers, choreographers and circus performers who would like to explore the fundamental teachings of Jacques Lecoq.

Neutral Mask at Bristol Old Vic Theatre SchoolAbout the Neutral Mask

The Neutral mask is the principle tool of Lecoq’s actor training. It encourages the performer to develop a better control over their body and become aware of their personal movement habits, blocks and tensions which the body reveals.

The Neutral Mask revolves around the idea of universal humanity – a shared pool of emotional states and feelings that go beyond personality and individual background.

Working with the Neutral Mask we ask two essential questions “Who is a human being before they put on the mask of a character?” and “What all human beings have in common?”.

The mask fosters complicity, openness and calm on stage, encouraging the actor to move towards presence, economy of movement and centeredness. The neutral mask opens pathways to the actor’s expressive freedom and nurtures their ability to enter a poetic dimension of movement, timing and space.