Dario Fo's Life + Effect on Modern Teatre Essay example

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Dario Fo
Dario Fo was born on March 24, and during his lifetime was said to be one of the world’s great modern actors, a world renowned mime artist, and an excellent improviser, who regularly used to perform improvised topical skits about political event.
As well as this, Fo is seen as the quintessential twentieth century commedia dell’arte creator and performer. However, contrary to commedia’s satirical viewpoints on society itself, his works are a satire of politics and institutions.
As a young boy, Dario studied and imitated the gestures and actions of the local storytellers (who were referred to as the fabulatori). He was soon able to tell their tales as well as they could, and was considered by the locals as an expert on the
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The breaking down of the fourth wall was therefore a natural progression for Fo. The fourth wall represents the barrier between actor and audience, and Fo used this technique in order to reject naturalism, and to change the form of conventional theatre situations. This technique is regularly used in children’s television shows nowadays, where the host (or main character) of the show will direct questions to the camera, effectually asking the show’s audience the question, and including them in the program itself. This is an incredibly effective technique as it hooks the audience in and makes them pay close attention to the performance. It plays on the natural human desire to be included and to feel a part of all that is happening around them. Yet another reason to use this technique is the opportunity it creates to detach the audience from the scenes being played out, and bring them back to reality. This, in turn urges them to create modern day parallels.
Another defining feature of Fo’s works is the way he frequently ends his performance with something he calls ‘the Third Act’. This is where he will leave the plot open ended (as in Grande Pantomima), and instead debate and discuss the political issues presented in his work with the audience. In this way he regards his audience as an essential element in the shaping of his performances.
Although Fo is widely acclaimed now, he was not so popular during his time. Many people saw him as a “political animal”. He was thought

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