The body and mask in ancient theatre space

The project applies advanced 3 dimensional technologies to study the practice of ancient mask theatre. It produces 3D scans of Greek and Roman mask miniatures relating both to comedy and tragedy, and reproduces them at life-size by rapid prototyping. The project use 3D motion capture as well as ChromaKey technologies to record experimentation with these masks practitioners of Asiatic and European traditions, and situates the results in 3D modelled reserarch based ancient theatre spaces.
Aims and Objectives:

•3D scan selected ancient mask miniatures, including those of Roman periods and of tragedy, and create by 3D printing artefact-size replicas and full-size masks for practice-based research.
•Conduct dynamic 3D motion capture involving practitioners from different world performance traditions.
•Situate the resulting data in virtual ancient theatre spaces, and interrogate the results for their significance for theatre studies and for wider research communities.
•Co-organise events - public exhibitions, workshop conferences and performances - to promote the study of ancient drama as a vital legacy within world masking performative traditions.
•Consolidate the resulting Project assets into the Institute of Classical Studies Theatre Archive and develop that resource as a UK study centre for ancient drama.

Principal investigator
Professor Richard Beacham
Principal project staff
Dr Hugh Denard; Professor Richard Beacham
Start date
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Completion date
Sunday, February 1, 2009