Annually, Odyssey offers in-depth professional training in a specific area of our form of theatre, often in collaboration with guest artists and choreographers from across the country and abroad.
Introduction to Mask and Commedia dell’Arte
Each September, Odyssey introduces actors to mask manipulation techniques, the characters of Commedia, improvisation and the development of comic routines called lazzi. Actors returning to the program can cultivate new characters and new lazzi. Past participants have gone on to play on our main stage and with Lazzi Lazzi, our touring ensemble.
Previous workshops held in: mask, Commedia, improvisation, physical theatre, clown, bouffon, puppetry Baroque movement, contemporary dance-theatre, Indonesian Wayang Wong, Indian Kathakali, Japanese Kyogen, Sri Lankan Kolam, Peking Opera
Past Canadian theatre workshop leaders include: Anjali, Valerie Dean, Almut Ellinghaus, Dean Gilmour, Fiona Griffiths, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, William Lau, Kevin McKendrick, Felix Mirbt, John Nolan, Richard Pochinko, Robin Patterson, Bill Rowatt, Kim Selody, Alex Sideris, Laurie Steven
Past Canadian dance choreographer workshop leaders include: Peter Chin, Xing Bang Fu, Tedd Robinson, Pierre-Paul Savoie
Past international guest artists include: Alberto Fortuzzi (Italy), Matsumoto Kaoru (Japan), Wiryawan Padmonojati (Indonesia), Piyasara Shilpadipathi and Ravibandu Vidyapathy (Sri Lanka)