Ways into Topeng

By Wednesday, February 17, 2016 , , , 1

Last weekend I was running a Category 3 TaPS workshop in Dubai, where we were looking at Theatre of the Unfamiliar. I was training the teachers in Kathakali, but we also had a visiting expert in Balinese theatre forms (Rucina Ballinger) run 3 different master classes with us. One master class focused on Topeng masked dance drama from Java. If you want to read more about the form itself, then see the students blog on Topeng, and the resources list ...

Topeng – masked drama from Java

Last weekend I was training teachers in Dubai, and we were focusing on unfamiliar world theatre practices. One of the practices that we explored was the masked drama of Topeng from Java. In this blog I will give you a bit of background to Topeng and then share the elements of our practical work, so that you can see if this is something you may want to use for your research presentation, or to inspire collaborative work for your director's ...