SOME ASPECTS OF HISTORICAL GENESIS AND EVOLUTION OF THEATRICAL ACTOR MASK
Purpose. The study searches for a scientific approach to understanding of the origin, location and value of the mask in theater art. Some aspects of the use of masks in the theater, since ancient times to the present day are not enough studied in the context of the historical genesis and evolution of the mask. The methodology of the study lies in the appliance of the analytical, logical and systematic approaches for understanding of the theatrical mask phenomenon; comparative historical -- for study of its genesis and evolution and typological for classification of genre diversity. The scientific novelty. The study tries to extend the ideas about the evolution of masks in the theater since ancient times to the present day. It analyses scientific works and summarizes theoretical approaches to the problem of content, roles and functions of the stage mask in a stage-theatrical performance. It systematizes a number of sources on the use of stage mask and reveals genesis and evolution of masks at various cultural and historical stages. Conclusions. Modeling of an image by using a mask is a universal way to create an image in the performing arts. By showing the dynamics of internal and external relationships and meaningful and essential content of the mask (the sacred, aesthetic, domestic, social, historical) we can talk about the evolution of mask as a phenomenon of art.