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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 3 – the Corpus Christi and the forming of comedy companies)

Tweet One example of how the theatre was used by the church was in the nativity scene. The first one was shown in 1223 by Francisco of Assisi. From the first puppets where used but soon the roles were played … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 4 – the Diavolas)

Tweet The Corpus Christi was celebrated with carnival festivities, comical rites and dramatic performances. It was not just the performance it was just as much the feast itself. In the long run people got tired of long serious plays. They … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 2 – the Feast of the Ass and the Feast of Fools)

Tweet The church was not just a religious building during the middle ages and the renaissance. It was also a cultural center where one could very well be engaged in worldly matters, despite protests from the priests. For example the … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and the Church (Part 1)

Tweet In Rome “the Christian” started to show up as a character in the ancient mime by the time Christianity makes its entry. He soon became one of the most acclaimed, comic roles. The roman mime was mocking the Christian … Read the rest of this entry



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The life among Commedia dell’Arte companies

Tweet 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 … Read the rest of this entry



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Vulgar Comedy and its origins in Scandinavia (Part 2)

Tweet When society started to specialize and build hierarchies, this also refers to theatre. It is here we first see how court theatre mark off. The rites are no longer collective. The shaman, the priest or the king, who has … Read the rest of this entry



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