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Transformations in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet The usual use of this element in Commedia dell’Arte is either magic or disguises. We can find its origins in the Carnival’s and the May feast’s death and resurrection or in the Feast of Fools with its mutability and … Read the rest of this entry

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Stupidity, animal behavior or/and amorality in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet The masks neither can nor want to limit themselves by law, morals or common sense.  The masks are here mirroring themselves mainly in actions of unmatched stupidity, or driven by monumental lust or hunger, or blissfully unknowing about rules … Read the rest of this entry

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The wooing and sexual union between youth in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet This may be the most important element for building scenarios, at least later scenarios. We are talking about the plays that basically deal with one or more pairs of Innamorati that, after going through obstacles, win each other and … Read the rest of this entry

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The destruction or dethronement of the old man in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet It is about annihilation of authorities. It is easy to find its way back to the King of Carnival and the sacrificing of him, the struggle between Lent and the King of Carnival, even the Feast of Fools with … Read the rest of this entry

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The comic, dramatic combat in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet This is the struggle between young and old, man and wife, master and servant, between two rivals and so on. The combat is a heritage from the carnival where it was an activity during the festivities, as in the … Read the rest of this entry

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