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The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

Edited by: Judith Chaffee , Olly Crick

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415745062
eBook ISBN: 9781315750842
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613374

10.4324/9781315750842
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From Commedia dell’Arte 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 dell’Arte 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 synthesizing the elements of Commedia, this book introduces the history of the Sartori mask studio; presents a comparison between Gozzi and Goldoni’s complicated and adversarial approaches to theatre; invites discussions on Commedia’s 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 most delightful of theatre styles. Notable contributions include:

•       Donato Sartori on the 20th century Sartori mask
•       Rob Henke on form and freedom
•       Anna Cottis on Carlo Boso
•       Didi Hopkins on One Man, Two Guv’nors  
•       Kenneth Richards on acting companies
•       Antonio Fava on Pulcinella
•       Joan Schirle on Carlo Mazzone-Clementi and women in Commedia
•       and M.A. Katritzky on images

Olly Crick is a performer, trainer and director, having trained in Commedia under Barry Grantham and Carlo Boso. He is founder of The Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Company.

Judith Chaffee is Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston University, and Head of Movement Training for Actors. She trained in Commedia with Antonio Fava, Julie Goell, Stanley Allen Sherman, and Carlos Garcia Estevez.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Pre-Eminence of the Actor in Renaissance Context Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Form and Freedom Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Parallel Processing Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Commedia dell’Arte Acting Companies Download PDF
Chapter  6:  You Must have Heard of Harlequin… Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Pantalone and Il Dottore Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Young Lovers Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Reading and Interpreting the Capitano’s Multiple Mask-Shapes Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Le Servette in Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Carnival, Comedy and the Commedia Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Official Recognition of Pulcinella Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Many Faces of Brighella Download PDF
Chapter  14:  A Mask Maker’s Journey Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Mask Performance for a Contemporary Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  16:  New Roles for the Mask in Twentieth Century Theatre Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Grommelot Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Lazzi Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Principles of Comedy for Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Slapstick and Comic Violence in Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Aristocratic Archeology Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Rise of Commedia dell’Arte in Italy Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Great Ruzante Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Coming Together Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Stages and Staging Practices in Early Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Commedia dell’Arte and the Spanish Golden Age Theatre Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Celestial Sirens of the Commedia dell’Arte Stage Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Incidental Music in Commedia dell’Arte Performances Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Meetings on Naxos Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Classical Ballet and the Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Images of the Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The Old Man’s Spectacles Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Shakespeare’s Clown Connection Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Writing for the Elite Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Goldoni and Gozzi Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Commedia dell’Arte as Grotesque Dance Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The Myth of Pierrot Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Speechless Spectacles Download PDF
Chapter  39:  From Meyerhold to Eisenstein Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Giorgio Strehler’s Arte  Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Giovanni Poli Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Arlecchino Appleseed Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Despite Everything, Commedia dell’Arte is Alive in Italy Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Dario Fo and the Commedia dell’Arte Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Carlo Boso Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Antonio Fava Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Happy Bedfellows Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Commedia in Gloucestershire Download PDF
Chapter  49:  I Sebastiani Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Commedia Women on Stage—and in the Wings Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Commedia Counterparts Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Commedia for the Contemporary Theatre Maker Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Roots and Routes Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Commedia in a New World Context Download PDF
Chapter  55:  Bibliography of Generally Accepted Commedia dell’Arte Literature Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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