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Commedia Dell'Arte : An Actor's Handbook - John Rudlin

Commedia Dell'Arte

An Actor's Handbook

Paperback

Published: 24th February 1994
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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.

Illustrations
Introduction
The commedia dell'arte: Origins, The mask
Playing Commedia
The stock characters: The Zanni, The old men, The Lovers, Il Capitano, Colombina, Other Masks: Pedrolino, Pulcinella, Scapino, ScaramucciN, Tartaglia, Minor Masks
The twentieth century: Craig at the Arena Goldoni
Meyerhold Dappertutto
Copeau's new improvised comedy
Charles Dullin: letters from the front
The Servant of Two Masters
The Lecoq school
Le Theatre du Soleil
The San Francisco Mime Troupe, TNT (The New Theatre)
Dario Fo, Carlo Boso and Antonio Fava
Restoration or renovation?
Appendix: Making a leather mask
Notes, A selection of works on commedia dell'arte in English
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415047708
ISBN-10: 0415047706
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 24th February 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1