Mystic Paper Beasts
The Mystic Paper Beasts theater troupe has been cheered around the globe for their extraordinary collection of simply-made yet expressive mythological masks, ingenious props which transform everyday objects into beasts, beings, tools and treasures, and for the whimsy and exuberance of their performance—a playful style full of rapid changes, dancing, miming, and singing. Sky Tales presents a constellation of Native American Tales from seven different Native nations – tales of the sky gathered like stars from a variety of traditional narratives, magical revealing, and transformative. Characters are distinguishable by the 25 hand-made masks worn by the two Beast players. Sky Tales teaches students about myth, grounding them in some fundamental stories from Native American tradition and inspires them with a Do-It-Yourself approach to art-making.
Audience Limit: 200 for grades K-2, 300 for grades 3-5
Students use myths and masks to create and perform stories. They learn how specific masks suggest posture, movement, and personality and how to use these elements to bring ancient tales to life. Workshops are movement-based and tailored to students’ grad level.
Participants: 25 Students
Price: $125 per workshop
Mystic Paper Beasts Performance Reqirements
Mystic Paper Beasts Educational Materials
Marya Ursin is the Artistic Director for the Beasts, and is Executive Director of the Dragon’s Egg. She writes and performs for the Beasts, and is a member of the NYC based dance troupe, SITU. She is a trained dancer (Merce Cunningham) and mime (Marcel Marceau), and teaches at t he National Theatre Institute and at Connecticut College. As a dancer in NYC and beyond, she has performed at BAM, DTW, the Whitney Museum, Walker Arts Center, and many other sites. (BA Swarthmore College, MA in process, in Integrative Health and Healing, 500 RYT yoga teacher, massage therapist).
Dan Potter has a BA from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Architecture from the Harvard School of Design, and has additionally studied sculpture, painting, and drawing extensively in the USA and in Strasbourg. He shows his work at galleries in NY, CT., RI, Vietnam, Turkey, Mexico. He is the primary mask maker for the Beasts, and performs with the company, which he co founded in 1976.
Full Performance with Marya Ursin & Dan Potter
Single: $650 Double: $1,040 Triple: $1,365 Quad: $1,625
Solo Performance with Marya Ursin
Single: $449 Double: $720 Triple: $945 Quad: $1,125
Travel fee: $80 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time