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Commedia Theatre Prezi

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Cara Corbett

on 13 June 2013

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What is Commedia del'arte?

Brief History
originated in Italy from 14th-18th century, first recorded info of performances come from Rome around the year 1551
Entirely fixated on his money and ego
Hot tempered
Long, hooked nose, small, beady eyes and a mustache (mask)
Stiff posture, walks hunched over to show age and to protect his money pouch
At bad news (money-related),prone to heart attacks, falling onto back with legs up, stuck there until someone comes by to help him.
Scenes based on scenarios
Innamorati - The Lovers
these characters originally came from the amateur form of Commedia theatre
hopelessly in love, and in love with the idea of themselves being in love

high status, but brought low by their infatuation
young, attractive, courteous, proud
inability to solve their own problems

costumes: they wear the latest fashion and wigs
males: young soldiers
females: often wore silk Renaissance type of dresses with gold or pearl necklaces

Performed in streets, marketplaces, court theatres and halls
Commedia dell'arte - Comedy of Art
unwritten or improvised drama
has an enduring, magical power
clumsy and ragged, yet sleek
stance: lowered, bent elbows
walk: tip-toe step, 3 time step - shows energy and eagerness
voice: hoarse, no pauses
role: usually plays a servant
costume: tight fitting long jacket and trousers in coloured earth tones
mask: dark brown or black
Many artists, writers, actors and composers of all sorts were inspired by this theatre.

Il Capitano
Self appointed captain who pretends to be brave but is truly a coward.
Is a loner
Always a foreigner in the town the scene is set in.
Costume: the set period's military attire
Large both physically and in ego.
Stance: Feet planted apart in order to occupy maximum space, chest pushed forward, back straight
Mask: Flesh colored with a large nose.
Walks heel to toe with small steps, also walks with direction
cute, perky servant
Is better dressed as she is a ladies maid
Costume: a knee length dress with apron
usually made to match arlechinno outfit
pretty and petite
love's and takes care of arlechinno
unmasked but the eyes wide, or wears a mask that just covers the eyes
well made-up
tiny waist and wide hip
often carries a basket
aka Jacki Sokoll ;)
The Lovers continued...
Il Dottore
Is not a real doctor but is a boastful man, who claims he can cure anything
Is usually larger in physically appearance.
Mask: covers forehead and nose only.
Walks with weight on back of heels and belly forward, usually walks in figures of 8 using tiny and mincing steps.
Costume: Black academic dress like that of a scholars. Long jacket with black coat that reaches his heels, black shoes, stockings and a black skull cap.
mask and makeup: usually heavy makeup, but sometimes wore a mask or veil

props: may include a fan for women or a handkerchief

stance: feet in ballet position

speech: comedic side

movement: prance around on toes with hands out to the side
crafty, quick, unscrupulous servant
has the highest status of the servants
lazy but moves quickly
Costume usually a servants outfit trimmed in green with a matching cape.
wore a greenish half mask.
was a masterful liar
old age
current events
Added to the scene
Distinguished characters (ie: slapstick-Arlecchino, money bag-Pantalone etc.)
Replaced sets
anti humanism
Usually rubber or paper mache

Add emotions, and develop the character
Mask features
exaggerated, flapping movements of the hands

extremely aware of being watched by an audience, occasionally flirting with spectators

never alone on stage
Run by a single leader
10-15 people, each assigned specific roles
traveled with everything (props, costumes etc.)
by the end of the 16th century, these troupes had turned into commedia companies, traveling Europe, performing on real stages
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