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30 Jan / 2020Program by:
Featured: CentocaniLanguage: English

Face to Face with the Mask Masters at African Pavilion

Auroville Radio sat down with Federico and Davide of the theatre collective, CENTOCANI. Hailing from Italy, these two have chased curiosity to the edges of West Africa and back studying the lost and hidden mysteries of masks. Using their theatre expertise and knowledge of masks, they are exploring the origins of masks throughout the world and how they help us communicate that which may be beyond our own human limitations.

For one month, they have hosted two workshops at African Pavilion: a mask-making class which teaches the daring to mold and sculpt their very own masks from papier mache, and, a masked theatre workshop teaching attendees how to speak with the spirits within ourselves.

– Mask Making Master Class –
The Mask Making Master Class is available by reservation Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm at African Pavilion. Students need only to register at, choose 2-3 days to work on the masks (due to drying times) and contribute for the materials that Centocani provides.

– Find Your True Face –
The Masked Theatre Workshop is open to all with no reservation required. It is also held Monday through Friday at African Pavilion from 4pm to 6pm. Attendees may donate what they wish and may even participate in the special ritual being held on Wednesday February 6th at 4:30pm at African Pavilion.

– USO VERA (True Face): Mask & Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser –
This Friday January 31st 2020 from 3pm to 5pm, visit International Space at Bharat Nivas for the opening of USO VERA, a mask and photo exhibition presented by African Pavilion with masks created by CENTOCANI and Photos by Sri, Elisa and Igor. The premiere will feature a live mask performance and prints for sale to support more cultural projects and developments in the future at African Pavilion. The exhibition will last until March 6th, 2020 with viewing available 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm.

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