Commedia dellArte

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Commedia dell’Arte 21/04/2008 15:53:00 1570-1640 is the period in which commedia dell’arte flourished. They travelled  around Italy (which at the time was a bunch of city states) as well as in Spain, France,  Germany and even England A form of comedic drama that was largely improvised. There were plot points, but  no full text was provided. There was a lot of clowning and exaggerated physical  movements used. Came out of Carnival where people wore masks and were given the opportunity  to be someone different. Similarly the masks used in commedia dell’arte effected the  actors. Was influenced by the atmosphere and activities of the marketplace The stages were not very big and were mounted on sawhorses. The unmasked female character would be in the foreground There were perching places for the musicians Based on the written scripts of the Commedia Erudita. Though heavily influenced  by written scripts they were also greatly influenced by the current times. Might have  dealt with political issues Characters Commedia dell’Arte was character driven. They were the key element. Some  people 1. The Vecchi: old man, wore only a half mask. 2. Pantalone: a well to do citizen From Venice Self assured Usually had a daughter (whose hand is sought by both the inamorato, while  her father wants her to marry else ware. . into an ill-suited marriage) All others tried to take away from his wealth and power. Mr. Burns type character
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ENGL 230 taught by Professor Hurley during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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