discipline dating back to the beginning of culture, with roots in the mythologies of most societies.
The actor chooses a mask
and practices with a mirror until the character of the mask begins to dictate physical movement and characterisation, and the actor is 'possessed' by the other face. The masks can be very elaborate - wooden, papier-mache, porcelain
- or simply a photograph of another face. Half-mask
s are also often used.