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COMMEDIA dell’Arte for the 21st century

COMMEDIA dell’ARTE for the 21st CENTURY COURSE @TheCass: https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/short/commedia-dellarte-for-the-21st-century/

Commedia dell’Arte is a visceral theatre that speaks to the senses first, then the intellect. The actor communicates through the powerful language of the body much more effectively than with abstract concepts and words. Scala asserts that “even the smallest gesture at the right moment, and made with feeling, will have a greater impact than all the philosophy of Aristotle, or the rhetoric of Demosthenes and Cicero; and that feelings are aroused more easily by gestures than words.” (Scala, 1619). The spectators connect on an emotional level, something resonates and captures their attention even when they cannot fully understand what the actors are saying or doing. The process of understanding on an intellectual level can follow but it is not necessarily a conditio sine qua non to enjoy and appreciate the performance. It is a theatre that “establishes a communion between the actors’ gestures and the spectators’ sensing body.”(Tessari, 1981, p.53).

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