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The mask and the actor

Tweet The mask demands energy and size. It is all about filling the mask with life. Since the mask is stylized and extends parts of the face or is larger than life, it demands another form of dynamism than the … Read the rest of this entry






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Stage strategies (Part 2)

Tweet The second group of strategies he call dividing the stage: Windows are the easiest way to divide the stage. By using windows on the backdrop (as talked about in THE STAGE), where a mask can look out, we work … Read the rest of this entry






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Stage strategies (Part 1)

Tweet Whether we believe in Commedia dell’Arte as in totally improvised genre or not, there is always an element of improvisation in it. As an actor one can only be in control of two other elements at the same time. … 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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Entrees, sorties and sidelines in Commedia dell’Arte

Tweet 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 … Read the rest of this entry






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No 4:th wall in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 3)

Tweet We can take in the audience in the performance either as an organism in itself or turn to different individuals in the audience. The show becomes a play between the audience and the masks on stage. In this play … Read the rest of this entry






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No 4:th wall in Commedia dell’Arte (Part 2)

Tweet One convention in Commedia dell’Arte is to take of the mask in the middle of the play explaining that a mistake has been made and he will now be repeating the gag or trick or blaming the director/author when … Read the rest of this entry






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