The Routledge Companion To Commedia Dell'Arte

Taylor Francis

The Routledge Companion To Commedia Dell'Arte

  • Publish Date: 2017-02-04
  • Binding: Paperback
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From Commedia dellArte came archetypal characters that are still with us today, such as Harlequin and Pantalone, and the rediscovered craft of writing comic dramas and masked theatre. From it came the forces that helped create and influence Opera, Ballet, Pantomime, Shakespeare, Moliere, Lopes de Vega, Goldoni, Meyerhold, and even the glove puppet, Mr Punch.

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dellArte is a wide-ranging volume written by over 50 experts that traces the history, characteristics, and development of this fascinating yet elusive theatre form. In synthesising the elements of Commedia, this book introduces the history of the Sartori mask studio; presents a comparison between Gozzi and Goldonis complicated and adversarial approaches to theatre; invites discussions on Commedias relevance to Shakespeare, and illuminates re-interpretations of Commedia in modern times.

The authors are drawn from actors, mask-makers, pedagogues, directors, trainers, and academics, all of whom add unique insights into this fundamental pillar of western theatre. Notable contributions include:

Donato Sartori on the twentieth century Sartori mask

Rob Henke on the Form and Freedom in Commedia Improvisation

Anna Cottis on Carlo Boso

Didi Hopkins on One Man, Two Guvnors

Kenneth Richards on acting companies

Antonio Fava on Commedia dellArte

Joan Schirle on Carlo Mazzone-Clementi and women in Commedia

M. A. Katritzky on Commedia Iconography.

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