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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And where did the interest in the commedia dell'arte arise from?
In Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic Scenarios, Schmitt sets out not only to illuminate the richness of Scala's work within the context of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Italian culture, but also to reclaim Scala as an "inventor" of the art within the specific Renaissance context of the word.
Commedia dell'arte gave rise to the harlequinade, who, though we usually instantly recognise as being a theatrical invention and which used to be an essential character in pantomime, has sadly declined and is now rarely seen.
In light of the close collaboration between Shakespeare and his actors and of the scholarly finding, among others, that Launce e Launcelot, so similar to one another, are also the characters who are closest to the experience of the commedia dell'arte, I believe that it is possible to hypothesize the existence of a written source to which Shakespeare might have referred in the creation of his clowns in the two works cited.
The clown in Shakespeare is very much the intelligent man and the commedia dell'arte characters that created pantomime and Punch and Judy were very much of that ilk so I want to base it in that historical field.
The marionette mini-theatre of Punch and Judy has its roots in Italian commedia dell'arte, which became hugely popular in London during the 17[sup.
He has a face that is a cross between Pulcinella (the 17th century commedia dell'arte character that inspired Mr Punch), Toto and De Niro," he added.
presented by the Wichita State University School of Performing Arts, was a modernized version of a style of participatory theater called Commedia dell'Arte.
Set in Brighton in 1963, One Man, Two Guvnors is actually a modern version of an 18th-century (post) Commedia dell'Arte play, Goldoni's A Servant to Two Masters.
Henke's own contribution on the commedia dell'arte shows what measure of translinguistic bravura typified that form of theater from its very beginning and then traces its rapid transnational dissemination.
The end result is a riot of dance and story-telling, in the tradition of commedia dell'arte, and drawing on Minkus' 19th century ballet.
Andreini occupy many ambivalent positions between commedia dell'arte and opera (Don Giovanni) or oratorio (La Maddalena).
Today's audiences may be most familiar with Italian commedia dell'arte through the work of the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin.
A former actor and teacher of Drama and now a Senior Lecturer on Performing Arts programmes, specialising in comedy, he had been working on a series of Commedia Dell'Arte plays with his undergraduates, so we decided to develop a project within this genre.
With that in mind, the production mostly sticks to its aim of delivering a prescription of laughter, music and commedia dell'arte anarchy which provides invigorating, if temporary, relief for its audience.