Comic Mask in the Commedia dell'Arte: Actor Training, Improvisation, and the Poetics of Survival

Comic Mask in the Commedia dell'Arte: Actor Training, Improvisation, and the Poetics of Survival

by Antonio Fava
     
 

Nobody says Shakespeare is dead, Antonio Fava tells us, but Commedia, they say, is dead. Why? Because clearly, he goes on, we have Shakespeare's texts, but nobody knows what to do with the improvisation that is the basis of the Commedia dell'Arte, despite massive documentation. This book by Fava, one of the few living master teachers of

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Nobody says Shakespeare is dead, Antonio Fava tells us, but Commedia, they say, is dead. Why? Because clearly, he goes on, we have Shakespeare's texts, but nobody knows what to do with the improvisation that is the basis of the Commedia dell'Arte, despite massive documentation. This book by Fava, one of the few living master teachers of Commedia dell'Arte, is the first aesthetic and methodological study of the traditional Italian theater form—the first to describe, in a precise and practical way, what Commedia is and what it should be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810123687
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
513,054
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: The Comedy Goes On
1. The Mask
2. The Commedia dell'Arte
3. Poetic and Aesthetic Particulars of Commedia dell-Arte
4. The Structure of Improvisation
5. Method
6. Techniques
Notes
Glossary 
Bibliography

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