Dr. Margaret Coldiron is an actress, teacher and theatre director. She received her Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a specialist in actor training and performance ethnography.2004 0-7734-6341-0
This study examines the effect of the mask upon the masked performer in the Balinese Topeng and Calonarang dance dramas and Japanese Noh Theatre. It represents the first systematic study of the relationship between the actor and the mask from the performer’s perspective. The approach is largely empirically based and draws upon the author’s extensive field research in Bali and Japan which included interviews with performers and mask makers, study of mask carving and dance and observation of private lessons and public performances. This study will be of interest to scholars and students in many fields including Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts. It will be also of interest to theatre and dance practitioners, especially those working with masks or intercultural performance.