Leather and Neoprene Commedia masks are made from similar molds. The difference is performance quality, feel, look, durability and comfort. For professionals, recommend ordering leather Commedia dell'Arte masks. Neoprene Commedia Character masks are excellent for tight budgeted theatre, performers and drama education. A leather Commedia dell'Arte mask for a theater department can last 10 years or more. I've used some of my leather masks for over 20 years.
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When ordering neoprene masks remember to say if you would like Adjustable Elastic & Moleskin Lining added to your masks when ordering.
elderly women of the Commedia dell'Arte
New York Baroque Dance Company, Arlecchinette and Arlecchino performing a baroque dance under the direction of Catherine Turocy in 1980. She was the first company to order custom masks from me after seeing my mask exhibition at NY Lincoln Center Library and Museum of the Performing Arts. This occurring after creating the set of masks for Carlo Mazzone-Clementi. These same leather masks along with others from 1980 are still in active use today in 2018 with her company, 38 years later.
The term "slapstick comedy" comes from Arlecchino's slapstick instrument and prop. After years of design testing, research and development, I am happy to have created The Performers Slapsticks, an instrument and prop; that looks a stick. A slapstick, creates a loud smack sound with a light tap. Arlecchino could not afford a sword, as a replacement Arlecchino used a simple stick; which developed over time into the Slapstick. Most of today's slapsticks are bulky with a large spring hinge used to make the smack sound, by musicians in the orchestra pit. "The Performers Slapsticks" has no hinge or spring; which making them safer to use and easy to handle. Taking time and craftsmanship, each is created.
Poplar Slapstick .... $150
Mask Arts Company Blog
custom or unique Slapsticks
video by: Jeremy Charles Hohn
Rogue Artists Ensemble
to Carlo Mazzone-Clementi
Can Lead to a Lot of Careers 2018
York Theatre Wire 2006
Stage "Commedia Tonight"
Link: guest post:
makes a Great Commedia Mask? by Stanley Allan Sherman
dell'Arte: The Essential Scenario - Actors Freedom
Council on the Arts: American Arts Magazine
in Your Mask 2013
dell'Arte - Teatro di Gioia - Joyous Theater
Original Material 2013
is Clown Theater 2011
Mask - Sculpting for Breath 2013
Lees Lecoq - thank you 2012
Recommended books on Commedia dell'Arte
People who are allergic to neoprene latex or leather should consult their physician before using the masks.
can open the drawer marked Commedia dell'Arte, but, having opened it,
how does one know what to choose from it."
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