La Commedia Dell'Arte (Italian mask theatre) is where theatre meets improv and they elope to the circus on a runaway train, pursued by an enraged landlord.
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La Commedia Dell'Arte (Italian 15th century masked comedy) was the Big Bang that gave us the last 500 years of theatre, from Shakespeare to Hollywood to Theatresports.
These classes offer tools in physical characterisation, use of space, situation comedy and stage-presence that are invaluable to improvisers and performers.
Discover the freedom of masks, the joy of slapstick and the vibrant world of archetypal characters and rich story-weaving without the unhelpful gender stereotypes and sexist jokes, as traditional masks, characters and style are super-charged with contemporary impro skills and awareness. Christof's take on La Commedia Dell Arte is huge fun, personally rewarding, challenging and eye-opening.
Students will learn:
- Traditional Commedia characters names, masks, movements
- how to work with a mask
- environmental performance and use of space
- creating stories through relationships and archetypal characters
- how to use their own body more freely
- connection and interplay with audience
A safe and inclusive space. Students are expected to treat each other with full respect. We value diversity and extend a warm welcome to people of different ethnicities, religions, sexualities, genders, abilities, ages, and backgrounds. Impro Melbourne reserves the right to remove and/or exclude from workshops any participants for behaviour that may interfere with the safe, inclusive and constructive workshop environment.
If you have further questions or would like some more information, please contact Kate our workshop co-ordinator.