Another session with Per Brahe.
Similar structure but some different masks.
More confident of process, however I did trip over two folks out of my range of vision – I checked only high range not down to my feet.
These are some rough notes I made after the end of movement session in cool down.
Full Body Warmup
all warmups are done to pretty passionate new age music
“Moving Mask” – Per’s original design from William Blake’s Puck (green)
“Moving Mask” – Per’s collection of what I might term larval masks
“Healing Mask” – Per’s own collection of wooden clown noses on strings
“Healing Mask” – Per’s collection of Angel Masks
In my session with the Puck mask, I felt like a temple acolyte and every movement had to be worshipful of the room, the others, and the light.
In my session with the larval mask, I was overcome with a “shit happens and then you die” feeling. It didn’t seem to make any sense to make the effort to stand up, so I lurched around on my knees. I felt free in speaking, but it was all of complaint. I wish I could remember the one phrase that kept coming back again and again. I was told at the end of the session I was wearing “the grotesque” mask.
My session with the clown nose, was of course a joy. However, I am not sure I was as open to the mask as I could have been.
The angel mask experience for me was quite low key this time but deep. I had gone as I was in a black state of creative despair, and was having a hard time finding a way out of it. I know the mask work “worked”, as although it wasn’t a joyous, or thrilling, or any type of emotional or spiritual rush, the angel mask opened up the locked place. I was open again and calm. And very appreciative. My angel mask had a heart shaped jewel set in forehead.
These are some other quick notes I made.
Per told the Kali – Dorgon story from Hindu mythology.
“Training of the American Actor”
“Narcissists can’t do mask work as they have to be willing to let go thir false images of the self, which they work overtime to maintain”
“The mask connects with the image memory in the muscles and releases it.
“The thought or image inside the mask goes into you, activates these memories, and then move, and balance the body”
He also related the story of the mask maker whose father had died, and when he went to see about starting the work on some new masks, this artisan could not work for 2 weeks. He also spoke of not even working on sketches or designs if he wasn’t in the right emotional state, lest his negative energy be transferred to the process and the mask.