ETUDES WITH MASKS

In this phase we composed material – a series of unrelated short pieces  – ranging from farce and comedy to more serious pieces inspired by Jean Genet and Ionesco, in the performance called “ETUDES WITH MASKS”, which was later partially produced for national television.

Etudes with masks were, in the true sense of the word, short studies, short plays with various types of masks and great diversity of themes. Inspired by popular theatre and mystical plays.
The whole program combines the use of mask (papier-mâché, medium size), dance movements/mime and music.
But the content was not uniform: it shifted from farce and comedy with black humour (Samba, Tango, Masks) to numbers with far deeper meanings and symbols (Executioner, Waltz, Baba and Sniffer) – to mainly visual numbers.

The period after all brought some ‘buzz’ – that we exist. Specifically, there were several commissions to record some parts of the programme and show it on TV. We caught the attention of some TV producers, and several interviews and announcements in various newspapers followed.

The Etudes illustrate exactly where we were at that moment of our explorations and discoveries. The mask can serve both in farce and in symbolic performances. This also expresses our hesitations about in which direction to go: affinity existed for both directions – farce and humour or symbolistic theatre.

This period lasted roughly from November ’79 to beyond summer ’80.
In addition to the performances in the apartment, there was a public performance in Zagreb as part of a folk festival at Maksimir Park.
Later that summer, we added a couple more Etudes this time with magnified masks – a parody to commercial TV programs. This was also shown on TV, but we were no longer having performances in the living room.

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