Teatro Strappato is an nomad company of actors-artisans living in Europe, creating its productions in Belrín (Germany), Murcia (Spain) and Treviso (Italy) to tour them all around the world.
The research into the creation and use of its distinctive masks makes this company one of the very innovative groups on the contemporary theatre scene.
Teatro Strappato is the meeting point of the many theatrical experiences of its members and collaborators in different corners of the world.
The stories that these peculiar masks tell are written by the director Vene Vieitez
Teatro Strappato works in two parallel research fields; On the one hand, it conducts research on social issues and creates shows that reflect these problems, through the use of a contemporary and innovative language; On the other hand, they work on the historical theatrical languages that used both the mask and the archetype characters. Both fields of research give mutual feedback and give as a result the unmistakable spectacles of TEATRO STRAPPATO.
THE TEATRO STRAPPATO MASKS
Every face tells a story, lives a present and is doomed to a fate.
The Teatro Strappato masks are born, as are their shows, in an atelier where they are modelled with clay, wood and leather into the faces of vivid characters.
These unique leather sculptures require a complex and articulate production process. The face of each character must be planned and designed in order to create a mask that harmonises with the actor’s moves and their character.
Our maestro, Donato Sartori, who we learned the techniques of making these magical objects from, often says that the mask is not a portrait or a caricature, but is what lies halfway between one and the other.
Once this delicate design balance has been achieved, the mask is modelled in clay to fit the actor who will be wearing it, and then tests in papier-mâché are carried out. When the character’s final face is obtained, a wooden mould is sculpted which can then be shaped into what will be the actor’s second skin: the leather mask.
Cecilia Scrittore and Vene Vieitez design and produce all the Teatro Strapatto masks in a “mobile atelier” that travels the world with them, suitcases full of hammers, leather, modelling tools, dyes, threads, needles, gouges, knives and folders brimming with drawings and photos of skulls, noses, eyes, ears and mouths that snowball with the faces they encounter along the way.
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