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Grammelot

Tweet The onomatopoetic, language mimicking, voice illustrating, sound that Dario Fo calls Grammelot was born in France when the Commedia dell’Arte actors where antagonized by the church in Italy during the counterreformation. They turned to Europe instead, but not only … Read the rest of this entry



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Acrobatics as a discipline in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet Acrobatics and slapstick (together with the music) may be the most used discipline in Commedia dell’Arte. They work with symmetries, physical turns or physically exaggerated reactions or positions. Acrobatics is a way to stylize and it is used, just … Read the rest of this entry



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Mime as a discipline in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet All disciplines are not equally easy to use in Commedia dell’Arte. As an example on a problematic discipline we can look at mime or rather mimed objects. All objects on stage should be real. If we start to mime … Read the rest of this entry



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Music as a discipline in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet The music is off course the most central of all disciplines in Commedia dell’Arte. It is there to heighten the performance and it helps up the atmosphere of feast that is so characteristic in Commedia dell’Arte. I the very … Read the rest of this entry



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Disciplines in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet Commedia dell’Arte is sprung from a time long before circus and theatre were divided as separate genres, when all sorts of stage disciplines could be played on the same stage without one having to be better or more refined … Read the rest of this entry



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Improvisation in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 3)

Tweet Much of the art in playing Commedia dell’Arte has to do with being constantly on the alert, always ready to jump in to the action or leave space for another mask. This does not just apply when we are … Read the rest of this entry



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Improvisation in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 2)

Tweet When I work with Commedia dell’Arte I don’t let improvisation be the most important, even though it still is important. I do this for three reasons; Commedia dell’Arte is played from a plot, even though it is of less … Read the rest of this entry



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Improvisation in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 1)

Tweet How much in a Commedia dell’Arte show during the renaissance that was improvised is something we will never know. What we know is that a lot was written down: lazzi, burle, some monologues and dialogs, battute, concetti and we … Read the rest of this entry



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Commercialism in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 2)

Tweet The classical way is to wait until the hat is full before the show starts. The advantage with this way is that once “the hat is full” the actors don’t have to think about it and can concentrate on … Read the rest of this entry



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Commercialism in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 1)

Tweet Commedia dell’Arte is commercial by nature. One of the earliest names on Commedia dell’Arte was Commedia Merceraria (One of the many early names it has). The troupes played it in order to make money as any profession would. Commedia … Read the rest of this entry



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