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The Mask and the Play of Dynamic Forces

A Commedia Dell’Arte Workshop with Robi Arce

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10 AM – 4 PM and Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 1 – 3 PM

Commedia dell’Arte emerged during the Romantic era as a revulsive reaction to the established theatre intended for the wealthy in the court. It brought about a turning point in the history of theatre. Through physical comedy, Commedia brought theatre to the people with larger than life characters that represented all society, thereby establishing the profession of actor-storyteller.

Because Commedia dell’Arte challenges the actor in many areas, it is used in our time to develop an actor’s craft. The characters of Commedia live on the edge of life and death and their motivations are visceral; the actor’s work is to allow themselves to be possessed by the character and the mask.  This workshop brings physical comedy training for actors and non-actors alike. Through the exploration of Commedia dell’Arte’s archetypical characters, attendees will be exposed to:

  • Body Awareness and Physicality
  • The use of the Mask
  • Character development
  • Corporal dramaturgy
  • Basic acrobatics and slapstick
  • Improvisation
  • Musicality and rhythm
  • Interaction with the audience
  • The Lazzi

Maximum capacity for this workshop is 20 people.
Tuition: $96


Please join us for the third in our four-part Salón del Artista series, tertulia: Art + Conversation when we feature Milagro’s Visual Artist in Residence, William Hernandez.  You have seen William’s art grace the Postcards for each MainStage production during our Season 33; as well, you have enjoyed an on-going display of his work in our lobby. For the Tertulia, William will tour guests through an exhibition of additional works in El Zócalo, as he talks about his art and process and takes your questions. Don’t miss the next iteration of this dynamic new series at Milagro. Event is free, space is limited and reservations are required. Email to reserve a spot or call 503-236-7253 x 118. Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Hailing from Peru and training at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Lima, William has a distinct style that he lends to both figurative and abstract painting. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northwest, and his artwork is found in private collections in Spain, Lima, Germany, Guatemala, Chile, France, Australia, Belgium and the US. William is a founding organizer and member of Latino Artists Exchange LAX/IdeAL and has taught several bilingual art workshops at Milagro throughout the years.

To read William’s Artist Statement, learn more about his background and training, see example of his murals, commissions and other work, please visit

Hecho a Mano with Nelda Reyes: Huichol Traditional Yarn Painting
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 PM
The Hichol people, or Wixarrika, as they auto-denominate, are a native group from the region that now encompasses Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco and Nayarit in México. They have a long tradition of creating bead, yarn and carved art. Although initially for ceremonial purposes, they now commercialize them, allowing us to enjoy and learn from their design, colors and symbolic significance. In this workshop, each participant will create its own Huichol-inspired yarn paint, following the yarn and wax technique.

Hecho a Mano with Nelda Reyes: Little Moves, Cuban dance
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM
Salsa, rumba, conga, son, mambo, salsa, songo, timba, guaguancó, are part of the many genres of Cuban music. This rich musical culture enlightens our lives with its sounds and as we move to its rhythms. Bring your little ones to this workshop where they will explore Cuban rhythms through movement, jump to the beats and have a wonderful joyful time! This workshop is FREE!