Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook

Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook

by John Rudlin, Rudlin John
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415047706

ISBN-13: 9780415047708

Pub. Date: 04/28/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential

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There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. The second part of the book provides a unique practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of Zanni, Arlecchion, Brighella, Pantalone, Dottore, and the Lovers in terms of movement, mask-work and voice. As well as offering a range of lazzi or comic business, improvisation exercises, sample monologues,and dialogues. No other book so clearly outlines the specific culture of Commedia or provides such a practical guide to its techniques. This immensely timely and useful handbook will be an essential purchase for all actors, students, and teachers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415047708
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,395,623
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Introduction1
Pt. IThe commedia dell'arte
Origins13
The mask34
Playing Commedia48
Pt. IIThe stock characters
The zanni67
The old men91
The Lovers106
II Capitano119
Colombina127
Other Masks134
Pedrolino134
Pulcinella138
Scapino147
Scaramuccia151
Tartaglia154
Minor Masks157
Pt. IIIThe twentieth century
Craig at the Arena Goldoni163
Meyerhold Dappertutto167
Copeau's new improvised comedy177
Charles Dullin: letters from the front185
The Servant of Two Masters191
The Lecoq school200
Le Theatre du Soleil203
The San Francisco Mime Troupe211
TNT (The New Theatre)220
Dario Fo226
Carlo Boso and Antonio Fava232
Restoration or renovation?240
Appendix: Making a leather mask249
Notes263
A selection of works on commedia dell'arte in English275
Index277

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