Commedia Dell'arte

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Commedia Dell'arte

There are a range of acting tecniques associated with Commedie Dell'arte. One in which being Language, Commedia Dell'arte had little dialogue and indication of dialogue, which led to words being improvised throughout the scene. Although improvisation was prominent, it inherited a particular scenario, this was due to the actors having the scenario as a guide for the acting. To prepare for their roles, actors were to study the scenarios, know them well and would have to know the words, which followed the plot. This technique had an extremely positive response as it allowed unexpected circumstances to to be entertaining. This was due to spontaneity, which allowed the actors to go outside the bounds of the certain scenario in which was performed. Another techniques is movement involved, Commedia Dell'arte has much improvisation in the regard to movement, the actors built up many tricks, actions and gestures to fit a particular scenario. The word lazzi means turn or trick, an actor would resort to lazzi, most especially if the scene would drag on. In commedia certain trickes became trademarks of different characters. Other acting tecniques include, projection of voiced, comedic singing, dancing and timbling, exaggerated gestures, fast actions and physical comedy to suit their character.

Commedia Dell'arte

Acting Techniques

There are many theatrical conventions, which contribute to Commedia Dell’arte highly. Including:Burle – Comic banterCaricature – Exaggeration of character, which is preposterousExaggerated Movement – Action which is dramaticLazzi – A turn or trick, an actor would resort to, most especially if the scene would drag onMask - The use of masks including half and full masks, to stereotype, which is used to identify a character.

Commedia Dell'arte, is a form of rehearsed and improvised comedy. It is a form of theatre, in which is identified by masked, which began in Italy during the 16th century. Commedia Dell'arte performances took place in city streets, temporary stages in which were set, in courts, marketplaces and fairs although performances moved indoors when theatres open for the public started to be built in the 1700's.

Commedia dell'arte characters are divided into three groups. The Il Vecchio, which are the old men, the Il Zanni, which were the servants, and Gli innamorati, which were the lovers. An example of and Il Vecchio (old man), is Pantalone. Pantalone is one of the most important character in Commedia Dell'arte. His character shows status of the social order and greed. He is known as the "money" in Commedia Dell'arte. Harlequin is one of the most known of the Zanni characters in Commedia. His characters, portrays one with trickster like qualities, he is a character of mischievous and is a romantic character. An example of a Gli Innamorati (a lover) is, Isabella. Isabella is a young and attractive woman, whom is the daughter of Pantalone.

Commedia Dell'arte prospered during the fourteenth to eighteenth century, and was a popular form of theatre until 1780 in Europe. Commedia started in Italy, and casts would travel through Europe to perform, influencing theatre in Spain, Germany, England, Austria, Holland and most especially France. Commedia dell'arte was peformed to all social classes. Language was no barrier for performing due to mime, its stereotyped characters, lazzi's, masks,gestures and clowing, which made it highly acceptable and understood to all languages.

Theatrical Techniques

Commedia Dell'arte performances took place in city streets, temporary stages in which were set, in courts, marketplaces and fairs although performances moved indoors when theatres open for the public started to be built in the 1700's.

Commedia Dell'arte performances took place in city streets, temporary stages in which were set, in courts, marketplaces and fairs although performances moved indoors when theatres open for the public started to be built in the 1700's.

- FACT -In Commedia Dell'arte, characters in which were Male wore masks to depict their character although Females, masked. In fact women roles, tended to be played by men.

- FACT -Commedia Dell'arte translates to Comedy of the Arts


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