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Posted 2 years ago


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A Commedia dell'Arte Mask. I'm still researching this leather mask that I have had for a couple of years. I bought it at a second-hand market. I love it! I did Italian at Sydney Uni under Frederick May in the early 1970's (1970 - 1974) and developed an interest in the Zanni!

Masks are powerful items! This one finds another set of characters within me when I put it on. The voice changes; my bass baritone finds new energies. I was not sure if this was an Arlecchino (there's a bit of a bump on the head) or Brighella. Russell has confirmed that it is the "Capitano".

It has a signature on the inside right cheek: R. Cheek / 1983. It has only recently that I've been able to track down the maker: Russell Cheek an Australian "Writer-Director-Performer". He is a Newcastle lad, but after Sydney University (my Alma Mater) he went to Europe and studied at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris (where Geoffrey Rush also trained). From there he became a founding member of Parapluie International Theatre Company (Paris) and The Theater Am Turm, Frankfurt, Germany.

"As a Masked Theatre and Mask-training specialist, I focused initially on the Neutral, (or "Universal") Mask, helping people to kinetically understand and impose their status as an "integrated being" in the universe, and whichever space they occupy. Much later, with the Half-Mask, (ie the compendium of Commedia dell'Arte Masks,) I introduced them to the surreal, hilarious and irresistible universe of Commedia. I also continue to do this in the corporate environment."

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks bellin68~!
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Interesting V!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Thanks to both of youz! Hope you both have a great day!
  4. Hunter Hunter, 2 years ago
    love the story vetraio!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Hunter!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks jojomang!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks AmandaAddamsAuctions!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!
  9. artislove artislove, 2 years ago
    it is definitively very expressive in a very sad way but also makes me curious about the story that made it(someone) sad beautifull artwork!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks artislove. They have a power that you feel as soon as you put it on! Magic!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thankds ho2cultcha!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I heard from Russell Cheek this morning and he confirmed that this is one of his masks. He said that it is the "Capitano". .... so I will amend my text.
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks ho2cultcha!
  14. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks SEAN^*>!

    So many of these are down the bottom of the "PILE"!
  16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    still love them all :) very beautiful collection you have KevinG:)
  17. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    P.S. I really don't mind starting over:)
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
  20. tom61375 tom61375, 10 months ago
    You are very welcome vetraio50! =)
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 months ago
    Many thanks SARAHHOFF!
  22. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 months ago
    I kinda *FEEL* like that -- some mornings here


  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 months ago
    Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE 'n HO2CULTCHA!!

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