commedia dell'arte

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Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters

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The performers employ traditional Japanese makeup as well as commedia del'arte masks.
In the end all comes out well, when Zerbinetta, the female lead of the Commedia del'Arte play, restores the spirits of the abandoned Ariadne of the opera, the Bacchus arrives to woo her.
Also a trained dancer, she both sings and dances en pointe in the commedia del'arte scenes of Pagliacci.
A commedia del'arte farce rather than a social satire, the play has some splendidly antic elements, but Doug Hughes' production is altogether too self-conscious.
One of the loveliest of the early porcelain companies was of course Meissen who employed the great modeller Johann Joachim Kandler who did some stunning figures based upon the Italian commedia del'arte.