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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. 
Please register here.
 
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.

 
About Marco Luly
Description: Macintosh HD:Users:gmsdea:Downloads:Rome 2015 Marco-Arlecchino.jpgBorn in Rome in 1954, Marco Luly has more than 30 years of experience in theatre, ranging from contemporary to medieval drama. In 1990, Marco founded “Luoghi dell'Arte” in Rome, and has been Artistic Director of the Company ever since. Marco’ s area of specialization is the production of Commedia dell’ Arte, Medieval Theatre and plays by the Father of Italian Comedy, Carlo Goldoni.

From 1990, his portfolio has increased to include directing and writing plays for his Company. He is committed to reviving Medieval and Commedia dell’ Arte Theatre, and has won distinctions for rediscovering medieval and renaissance period manuscripts and adapting them in a modern style. Since 1993 Marco led his group to several tours to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam), to India, China, and to Morocco, and to France, Turkey, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, and to United States. He is guest member/lecturer of ISTA (Int.al School Theatre Association) and has given lectures and workshops worldwide in occasion of festivals and events organized by this association.

More on Marco at http://www.luoghidellarte.com/
About Roger Jenkins
Roger Jenkins is a Singaporean storyteller, drama teacher, poet, playwright whose warm, spontaneous and comedic style makes him a popular choice in schools, libraries and festivals here and in the region. He has performed with Marco here, in KL and in Rome/Trieste, as well as on their DVD, Spirit of Commedia. His one-man Masked show, Talking Body Language, celebrates its 20thAnniversary this year; from 1983–88 he performed with Christina Sergeant as Phizzog Mask Theatre, using both full-face and commedia-inspired half-masks to create topical comedy.

More on Roger at http://www.rogerjenkins.com.sg 
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