We offer Commedia dell’Arte, Physical Theatre and Devising courses, workshops and masterclasses.
This workshop is an introduction to Commedia dell’Arte to discover and expand skills that are fundamental in any performance setting: body and space awareness, physical stamina, economy of gesture and a clear understanding of rhythm, tempo and comic timing. Besides acquiring the techniques to act in a traditional commedia scenario, this course offers the opportunity to discover and expand essential skills to create successful ensemble work.
Commedia dell’arte appeared in Italy in the sixteenth century and expanded very quickly throughout all Europe defining the actor’s profession and profoundly influencing European theatre. The impact Commedia had on Renaissance culture is immense: Shakespeare in the UK, Moliere in France and in Spain the Golden Age’s authors, just to quote few examples. Commedia dell’Arte developed in piazzas and market places from the performances of jesters, story tellers, charlatans and acrobats. Its roots can be traced back to ancient Rome and the pagan rituals of Saturnalia out of which grew the tradition of the Carnival. Commedia dell’Arte is nourished by the ‘musicality’ of folk languages and dialects and it is infused with the grotesque and subversive elements of the Carnival. But what is the role of Commedia today? Why it became a fundamental point of reference for some of the most influential practitioners of the twentieth century? Practitioners such as Copeau, Meyerhold, Lecoq and later Barba, Mnouchkine and Fo all worked intensively with commedia mask. In trying to answer these questions our workshops will focus on specific aspects of commedia that are particularly relevant to contemporary theatre practice:
- the concept of actor-as-creator rather than the actor-as-interpreter
- the creative process as collective
- a physical rather than psychological working practice
- the actor-spectator relationship
- the actor’s presence
- the importance of actor training
Devising Solo Performance
This masterclass is an introduction to skills and techniques for creating, developing and performing solo theatre shows. You will explore different approaches to devising and produce original material for the stage aimed at the development of your solo piece. Through improvisation, object work, images and music participants will learn how to build a character and develop a narrative as solo-performers.