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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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What we really know about Commedia dell’Arte (Part 1)

Tweet No one can say what a Commedia dell’Arte show really looked like in the renaissance. Neither do we know about the relations between the actors and the rest of the population or what is myth and what is true … Read the rest of this entry

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Lazzo in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet This might be the most known term in Commedia dell’Arte, though it is hardly known at all to those who are not involved in Commedia dell’Arte. It is not used anywhere else, but very often used in Commedia dell’Arte. … Read the rest of this entry

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Canovaccio in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet If we go back to the heydays of Commedia dell’Arte the concept of canovaccio becomes more complicated. It was used both as a full scenario or just a plotline in a scenario. The word means “what’s on the canvas”. … Read the rest of this entry

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The scenario in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 2)

Tweet The scenes in a scenario changes as a new mask enters the stage, but not when a mask leaves the stage. Let’s call this Italian scene division in contrast to French scene division, where they change scenes in both … Read the rest of this entry

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Commedia dell’Arte-lecture

Tweet What is Commedia dell’Arte  How did it arise? Why is it relevant to play an old Renaissance theatre today? What is the idea behind acting in a mask? How much was in fact improvisation in a performance and how much … Read the rest of this entry

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