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    successfully created a Commedia Dell’Arte piece through the utilisation of conventions of commedia and the dramatic elements to effectively produce dramatic meaning. ’20 lazzi’s in a hat’ “showcases numerous masked stock characters, hilarious burle and 20 of Commedia’s famous traditional lazzi consisting of verbal asides on current political, social and literary topics, pratfalls and acrobatics (Homunculus Theatre company, n.d.).” Commedia Dell’Arte is a form of comedic theatre that originated in Italy in the 16th century (Wilson, 2010). This form of theatre was first established as a street performance in the Italian renaissance and served as a comic release to the people in the market places. “This colourful and extremely theatrical art form is based on the interaction of traditional stock characters in improvised scenarios that facilitate a comic plot to arrive at a humorous climax (Shane Arts, n.d.).” Homunculus theatre company created an excellent example of Commedia Dell’Arte through the manipulation of the elements of Commedia Dell’Arte and drama in order to perform a truly successful performance. Homunculus skilfully used a one-dimensional storyline in order to create humour and keep the audience engaged. Usually in a typical storyline there is often growth, change and internal conflict carried out by a single character. However, a one-dimensional storyline allows…

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    Unit 32: Developing Physical Theatre Physical Theatre There are a few practices/practioners who contributed to the roots of physical theatre. Greek theatre Greek theatre spanned from 600BC-600AD and it began with festivals honouring Greek Gods. Plays were only allowed to be presented at the Dionysia festival. At early Greek festivals actors, directors and dramatists were the same person however, after a while only three actors were allowed to perform in the plays. Then they later decided to…

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    as a woman. Another example is the engagement between Smeraldina and Truffaldino, who must ask their masters for consent to marry, and due to the confusion as to who Truffaldino ‘belongs’ too, the couple was close to being banned from marrying each other. The status of women is shown by many characters throughout the performance but in the next two paragraphs, I would like to talk about the performances of Gabriella Sandler, as Beatrice/Federigo, and Jose Bordas, as Dr. Lomardi. The…

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    "What the film, the comic strip, the TV situation comedy, and burlesque (in the American sense) have been to the twentieth century, the Commedia dell'Arte was to the Renaissance" (Oreglia). Commedia dell'arte which translates to "comedy of arts," was the first professional form of theatrical art. This distinctive form of art first begun in Italy during the early fifteenth century, and thrived with popularity throughout Europe, during the seventeenth century. Commedia dell'arte was termed the…

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    Costumes and Masks in Commedia Dell’Arte: Their True Purpose Costumes and masks are pivotal point in commedia dell’arte. The costumes and masks allow the audience members to become fully immersed into the production of the performance. Every detail of the performance is important and the costuming symbolises the attempt to fully enthrall each member into believing that the costume looked and dressed a certain way. The meaning of the costumes and masks is seen as being an extension of the…

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    Commedia dell’Arte: The Foundation of Modern Comedy While the exact origins of Commedia dell’Arte are unknown, it is one of the most influential forms of theatre. It has been a foundation for comedic theatre since around 1545. This unique form of comedy has influenced writers and performers all over the world. Similarities to Commedia dell’Arte can be found in the writings of William Shakespeare, in the acting choices of some of the most famous comedians and even in modern day television. It has…

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    Commedia dell’arte, a form of theatre characterised and classified by different masked “types”. began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of actresses and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios. Masks play a key part within world theatre traditions, particularly non-western theatre forms. They also continue to be a vital force within contemporary theatre, and their usage takes a variety of forms. Moreover it’s one of the essential component for…

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    Commedia dell’Arte, which is also known as ‘Italian comedy’, was a form of theatrical presentation that was humorous. Performers would wear masks with exaggerated facial features to draw extra attention to their physical skills, and perform to all social classes all around Europe. Language was no barrier as they usually mimed. Although their roots can be traced to as far back as the Ancient Greeks, Commedia dell’arte originally started in the streets and market places of Italy between the 14th…

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    The Golden Coach is a 1952 film directed by Jean Renoir. The film tells the story of a commedia dell’arte troupe in 18th century Peru. Renoir is a French film director, and the son of impressionist painter Pierre Renoir. His films, in both silent and later eras, are noted for their realism and narrative. Inspired by both Mérimée's short play, “Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement” and Vivaldi’s music, Renoir's film unfolds naturally in a dramatic atmosphere that is both theater and life. Indeed,…

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    created commedia dell’Arte during the Renaissance, with improvised scene and stock characters. Therefore, theatre is a great vehicle for cultures to be able to relate to one another and find common ground. Often, there are detailed, stunning stage designs and set pieces designed by architects in theatrical productions. For instance, during the Italian Renaissance, the architect Vitruvius helped to make sets and scenery that were changeable through a transitionable flat wing system where if you…

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