SDEA is proud to host award-winning director and Commedia dell’Arte performer Marco Luly in celebration of SDEA is proud to have Marco Luly and Roger Jenkins present the demo/talk in celebration of Commedia dell’Arte Day 2016.
Marco and Roger will present a demo/talk about the main features of the theatre form through a series of improvisation and skits, introducing the most important stock characters of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pantalone, Arlecchino, Zanni, Pulcinella along the way. Also, learn how the medieval theatre form was adapted into a vital modern style - a pertinent concern of cultural theatre practitioners looking to build strong connections with contemporary audiences.
Recommended for: theatre practitioners, artists and students.
*Admission is free with registration.
Background on Commedia dell'Arte:
Commedia dell’Arte originated in Italy in the 16th century and quickly spread all across Europe, playing a crucial role in the development of Western Theatre. Playwrights who have been influenced by this style include Shakespeare, Moliere and Goldoni. Its influence can be found even in movies and on TV such as the physical comedies of Buster Keaton.
The main features and tasks of Commedia dell’ Arte are:
- the role of stock characters, the use of mask, mime techniques, improvisation, lots of humour, appealing to audiences of all ages.
- group work, body break out, body mastering, expressing feelings, space mastering.
This form of theatre uses a great deal of movement and mime while language is not such an important factor, making this ideal for students/audiences who come from different languages and cultural backgrounds.