Performance and Literature in the Commedia Dell Arte

Performance and Literature in the Commedia Dell Arte

This publication , like so many other crucial commedia dell'arte texts , is collected in the indispensable anthology edited by Ferruccio Marotti and Giovanna Romei ( eds . ) , La Commedia dell'Arte e la società barocca : La professione ...

Author: Robert Henke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521643244

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This book explores the commedia dell'arte: the Italian professional theatre in Shakespeare's time. The actors of this theatre usually did not perform from scripted drama but instead improvised their performances from a shared plot and thorough knowledge of individual character roles. Robert Henke closely analyzes hitherto unexamined commedia dell'arte texts in order to demonstrate how the spoken word and written literature were fruitfully combined in performance. Henke examines a number of primary sources including performance accounts, actors' contracts, and letters, among other documents.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Commedia dell Arte of Flaminio Scala

The Commedia dell Arte of Flaminio Scala

The Art of Commedia. A Study in the Commedia dell 'Arte 1560-1620 with Special Reference to the Visual Records. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi B.V., 2006. Lea, Kathleen M. Italian Popular Comeaj», 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1934.

Author: Richard Andrews

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461672616

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 398

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The Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala presents a translation and commentary of selected scenarios composed or collected by the actor-manager Flaminio Scala that were first published in 1611. Thirty of Scala's 50 scenarios are included, complete with a detailed scene-by-scene analysis that demonstrates the methodology of Italian improvised theatre in the early modern period for the purposes of study as well as re-creation. Taking into consideration previous translations of the work, Richard Andrews's English translation and lengthy analytic commentary of the scenarios provide an overview of the commedia dell'arte style, describing how actors fleshed out scenes by inserting existing material from their repertoire into a plot framework and demonstrating a constant interchange of plot, characterization, and scene structure that moved between scripted and improvised comedy. Andrews points out similarities between the scenarios, borrowings from earlier Italian scripted comedies, analogies with other early modern drama including Shakespeare, and the re-use of these components by later dramatists such as Molière and Goldoni. An extensive introduction sets the parameters for the commentaries, giving a description of commedia dell'arte as a phenomenon, explaining the categories of masked characters, and describing the nature and structure of the genre. A comprehensive index is organized for quick reference and lists which characters and masks appear in which scenarios, as well as frequent scenic components that recur, such as types of speeches, relationships, and emotional situations.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Commedia dell Arte

The Commedia dell   Arte

'Stage Improvisation in the Commedia dell'Arte', in The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in The Arts, ed. Alessandro Bertinetto and Marcello Ruta, 502–14. New York, NY, and Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.

Author: Domenico Pietropaolo

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350144200

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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What were the origins of commedia dell'arte and how did it evolve as a dramatic form over time and as it spread from Italy? How did its relationship to the ruling ideology of the day change during the Enlightenment? What is its legacy today? These are just some of the questions addressed in this authoritative overview of the dramatic, ideological and aesthetic form of commedia dell'arte. The book's 3 sections examine the changing role of performers and playwrights, improvisatory scenarios and scripted performance, and its function as a vehicle for social criticism, to offer readers a clear understanding of commedia dell'arte's evolution in Renaissance Italy and beyond. This study throws new light on the role of women performers; on the changing ideological discourse of commedia dell'arte, which included social reform and, later, conservatism as well as the alienation of ethnic minorities in complicity with its audience; and on its later adaptation into hybrid forms including grotesque dance and the giullarata typified by the work of Dario Fo.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell Arte

The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell Arte

La Commedia dell'Arte italiana in Baviera. In: Muraro, M. T., ed. Studi sul teatro Veneto fra Rinascimento ed età barocca. Florence: Olschki, 252. Brook, P.,1968. The Empty Space. NewYork: Atheneum, 126. Ibid., 135. Ibid., 137.

Author: Peter Jordan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136488238

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 270

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The Venetian Origins of the Commedia dell'Arte is a striking new enquiry into the late-Renaissance stirrings of professional secular comedy in Venice, and their connection to the development of what came to be known as the Commedia dell’Arte. The book contends that through a symbiotic collaboration between patrician amateurs and plebeian professionals, innovative forms of comedy developed in the Venice region, fusing ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture in a provocative mix that had a truly mass appeal. Rich with anecdotes, diary entries and literary – often ribald – comic passages, Peter Jordan's central argument has important implications for the study of Venetian art, popular theatre and European cultural history.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell Arte

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell Arte

Jordan, Peter(2014) The VenetianOrigins ofthe Commedia dell'Arte. Oxford, UK: Taylorand Francis Publishing. Kaplan, David (2012) Commedia dell'Arteand Moliere. East Brunswick, NJ,US: Hanson Publishing Group. Katritzky,M. A.(2006) The ...

Author: Judith Chaffee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317613367

Category: History

Page: 540

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From Commedia dell’Arte came archetypal characters that are still with us today, such as Harlequin and Pantalone, and the rediscovered craft of writing comic dramas and masked theatre. From it came the forces that helped create and influence Opera, Ballet, Pantomime, Shakespeare, Moliere, Lopes de Vega, Goldoni, Meyerhold, and even the glove puppet, Mr Punch. The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte is a wide-ranging volume written by over 50 experts, that traces the history, characteristics, and development of this fascinating yet elusive theatre form. In synthesizing the elements of Commedia, this book introduces the history of the Sartori mask studio; presents a comparison between Gozzi and Goldoni’s complicated and adversarial approaches to theatre; invites discussions on Commedia’s relevance to Shakespeare, and illuminates re-interpretations of Commedia in modern times. The authors are drawn from actors, mask-makers, pedagogues, directors, trainers and academics, all of whom add unique insights into this most delightful of theatre styles. Notable contributions include: • Donato Sartori on the 20th century Sartori mask • Rob Henke on form and freedom • Anna Cottis on Carlo Boso • Didi Hopkins on One Man, Two Guv’nors • Kenneth Richards on acting companies • Antonio Fava on Pulcinella • Joan Schirle on Carlo Mazzone-Clementi and women in Commedia • and M.A. Katritzky on images Olly Crick is a performer, trainer and director, having trained in Commedia under Barry Grantham and Carlo Boso. He is founder of The Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Company. Judith Chaffee is Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston University, and Head of Movement Training for Actors. She trained in Commedia with Antonio Fava, Julie Goell, Stanley Allen Sherman, and Carlos Garcia Estevez.
Categories: History

Commedia Dell arte

Commedia Dell arte

Other company members need to sense when they can be expected , lead up to and away from them without interrupting the flow . The audience's sense of the 7 style of performance must be continuous , as opposed to 172 Commedia dell'arte ...

Author: John Rudlin

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415204097

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 276

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This book covers both the history and professional practice of commedia dell'arte companies from 1568 to the present day.
Categories: Performing Arts

Commedia Dell Arte

Commedia Dell Arte

A companion to John Rudlin's best-selling Commedia dell'Arte: A Handbook for Actors, this book covers both the history and professional practice of commedia dell'arte companies from 1568 to the present day.

Author: Oliver Crick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134629824

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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A companion to John Rudlin's best-selling Commedia dell'Arte: A Handbook for Actors, this book covers both the history and professional practice of commedia dell'arte companies from 1568 to the present day. Indispensable for both the beginner and the professional, it contains historical and contemporary company case histories, details on company organisation, and tips on practical stagecraft. Essential for students and practitioners, this book enables the reader to understand how successful commedia dell'arte companies function, and how we can learn from past and current practice to create a lively and dynamic form of theatre. Includes tips on: * writing a scenario * mask-making * building a stage * designing a backdrop * costume * music. _
Categories: Performing Arts

Commedia dell Arte Scenarios

Commedia dell Arte Scenarios

Available online: h p://sindromedistendhal.com/Teatro/comedia_arte.htm (accessed 12 Mar 2010). 3 For a recent overview of the juxtaposition between the myth of the commedia dell'arte–a view perfected in particular by Fren Romantic ...

Author: Sergio Costola

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000471489

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Commedia dell'Arte Scenarios gathers together a collection of scenarios from some of the most important Commedia dell'Arte manuscripts, many of which have never been published in English before. Each script is accompanied by an editorial commentary that sets out its historical context and the backstory of its composition and dramaturgical strategies, as well as scene summaries, and character and properties lists. These supplementary materials not only create a comprehensive picture of each script’s performance methods but also offer a blueprint for readers looking to perform the scenarios as part of their own study or professional practice. This collection offers scholars, performers and students a wealth of original performance texts that brig to life one of the most foundational performance genres in world theatre.
Categories: Performing Arts

Shakespeare and Commedia dell Arte

Shakespeare and Commedia dell Arte

commedia dell'arte in England. Italian and English plays and dramatic literature, travelogues, criticism, and reviews of English and Italian performers and the plays of Shakespeare's peers substantiate the impact of commedia dell'arte ...

Author: Artemis Preeshl

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317230410

Category: Drama

Page: 302

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Shakespeare and Commedia dell’Arte examines the ongoing influence of commedia dell’arte on Shakespeare’s plays. Exploring the influence of commedia dell’arte improvisation, sight gags, and wordplay on the development of Shakespeare’s plays, Artemis Preeshl blends historical research with extensive practical experience to demonstrate how these techniques might be applied when producing some of Shakespeare's best-known works today. Each chapter focuses on a specific play, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Winter’s Tale, drawing out elements of commedia dell’arte style in the playscripts and in contemporary performance. Including contemporary directors’ notes and interviews with actors and audience members alongside Elizabethan reviews, criticism, and commentary, Shakespeare and Commedia dell’Arte presents an invaluable resource for scholars and students of Renaissance theatre.
Categories: Drama

Commedia dell Arte in Context

Commedia dell Arte in Context

direct knowledge and experience of the dramaturgy of the commedia dellʼarte – must have started inventing or reconstructing mythic interpretations à la Maurice Sand (Sand 1860), in which they imagined the commedia dellʼarte as a modus ...

Author: Christopher B. Balme

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108670579

Category: Drama

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The commedia dell'arte, the improvised Italian theatre that dominated the European stage from 1550 to 1750, is arguably the most famous theatre tradition to emerge from Europe in the early modern period. Its celebrated masks have come to symbolize theatre itself and have become part of the European cultural imagination. Over the past twenty years a revolution in commedia dell'arte scholarship has taken place, generated mainly by a number of distinguished Italian scholars. Their work, in which they have radically separated out the myth from the history of the phenomenon remains, however, largely untranslated into English (or any other language). The present volume gathers together these Italian and English-speaking scholars to synthesize for the first time this research for both specialist and non-specialist readers. The book is structured around key topics that span both the early modern period and the twentieth-century reinvention of the commedia dell'arte.
Categories: Drama