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mask collection Masks

Masks are the most ancient icons representing theatrical performance -- and because they embody one of the most fundamental aspects of acting, the depersonalization and transformation of the self, are still a standard symbol for theatre.

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street theatre collection Street Theatre

Western European theatre originated from performances in public places by traveling troupes, or by guilds celebrating religious holidays or marking civic events. In the 20th Century again theatre took to the streets with the mass pageants in Russia that celebrated the Communist revolution or the "guerilla" groups who presented politicized agitprop for picket lines, and later there were the "happenings" and public rituals of American avant-garde, feminists and performance-artists. It is here that the issues of social performativity can be analyzed: this developing archive of images/video offers a start in the process.

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