Sacred tribal Yoruba masks sit alongside Sartori’s leather commedia dell’arte masks and the demon dance masks of Bhutan in a coming together that has never been seen before.
The Face to Face exhibition won’t keep these vibrant creations merely locked up behind glass cages, and features dynamic theatrical installations that bring the masks to life, some site-specific dance shows in the exhibition amphitheatre, and displays of the work of local schools and community centres involved in the International Mask Festival. And unlike most exhibitions, you can not only look, but also touch; as visitors are able try these extraordinary masks on.
Even better, visitors might be able to buy some: the Festival will be holding a mask auction on Saturday 27th October in a live theatre show; following a spontaneous cabaret of performers who have appeared in the festival, demonstrating the use of their masks. All of the masks available for auction displayed at the Face to Face exhibition are marked with an ‘A’ so that visitors can admire what’s on offer from 19th October onwards.
To browse the full programme visit the festival website at www.internationalmaskfestival.com
For general enquiries call 01384 399 458
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Bookings for all performances: Dudley.gov.uk/entertainment
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