“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
TO DIRECT, TO COACH
I like to direct my own projects and support those of others. Wether working on my owns or with others the quest for beauty is the same. I try first to listen, to understand: what does one want to tell, to transmit?
I do everything to bring out the best in each and every one resulting in a work that will transform the artists, the technicians on the set and deeply touch the spectators. Theater only makes sense if it transforms the world around us. Consequently, each staging becomes unique, each project having particular artistic needs and production conditions.
I have had the opportunity to participate in various projects with actors from different worlds: professional actors from the National Theater of Iceland, a troupe of young high school students in the Guatemalan jungle and an opera in a psychiatric setting, to name just a few examples...
WHY THE MASK?
We all need masks: be it first name, last name, country, language, culture, family, clan, profession, social status, wedding ring or necktie. “Personality” is the social mask that allows us to relate to others. This dynamic mask (in Latin “persona”) is modeled over the course of our experiences and our encounters.
How is this mask constructed or deconstructed? Who or what is behind this mask? is it Intangible? Is it like matter which is 99% "emptiness"? So if our “being” or “entity” is nothing but emptiness, what are we made of?
Relationship is the place where our identity is built, where the recognition of others' differences are felt, and no society can exist without this capacity of acceptance of otherness.
The theater is my space for experimentation through all of these questions, using the wonderful objects which are the masks!