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The life among Commedia dell’Arte companies

Commedia dell’Arte was a very pragmatic art form. The purpose for the actors to act was simply to amuse their audiences, make money, and reach a better social status. But that didn’t make it dull or futile.  It was just … Read the rest of this entry

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Dottore’s prolog

Here comes another prolog. It is a later text from Lo spirit delle maschere (The spirits of the masks) by Giueseppe Petrai written 1901. But it is a good example of a Dottore’s prolog. “Do you laugh because I happened … Read the rest of this entry

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Grammelot

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 to … Read the rest of this entry

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A Servetta’s prolog

Here is a prolog by a Servetta from Domenico Brunis, from 1621, in my translation from Swedish. This might be one of the most used prologs today. It is one of the few saved prologs that are dramatic and can … Read the rest of this entry

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2014 – Sexfiaskon och en stol (sex/six-failures and a chair)

This was a fall production from the second year students at Kulturama’s physical theatre program in the fall of 2014. The show played in Stockholm with three shows. Back to: Sexfiaskon och en stol  Micke’s videos Commedia dell’Arte Tweet

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Sexfiaskon och en stol (Sex/six-failures and a chair)

Text and directing – Micke Klingvall Zanni – Yosefin Bouhler Pantalone – Per Mollan Flavio – Mårten Gunnarsson Flavia – Malin Andersson Capitano – Axel Boberg Signora – Manuela Bjelke Click here to see a trailer of Sexfiaskon och en Stol. This was a fall … Read the rest of this entry

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Entrees, sorties and sidelines in Commedia dell’Arte

Some of the special conventions in Commedia dell’Arte are the use of entrees, sorties and sidelines. An entrée always have to be exaggerated and articulate. I don’t just have to be so full of energy that the mask entering the stage … Read the rest of this entry

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Frenzy in Commedia dell’Arte

When we talk about frenzy it has much to do with the organization of a canovaccio. We can build a canovaccio where the energy itself plays the main part. Surprise after surprise until the frenzy reaches its peak. This is … Read the rest of this entry

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

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 and … Read the rest of this entry

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1997/98 – AAARRGH!!!

AAARRGH!!! was Kompani Komedi’s second big Commedia dell’Arte show (the first one was not filmed). It toured the summer of 1996 in Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia and Denmark before it returned to Stockholm and Salong Katakomb in the fall, where this clip is … Read the rest of this entry

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