144 pages | 11 B/W Illus.
Performing Commedia dell’Arte, 1580-1630 explores the performance techniques employed in commedia dell’arte and the ways in which they served to rapidly spread throughout Europe the ideas that were to form the basis of modern theatre.
Chapters include one on why, what, and how actors improvised, one on acting styles, including dialects, gesture, and vocal sound, and one on masks and their uses and importance. These chapters on historical performance are followed by a coda on commedia dell’arte today. Together they offer readers a look at both past and present iterations of these performances.
Suitable for both scholars and performers, Performing Commedia dell’Arte, 1580-1630 bears on essential questions about the techniques of performance and their utility for this important theatrical form.
List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Improvisation: Why, What, How 2. Acting Style: Dialects, Gesture, Voice, Scenarios 3. Masks: The Uses of Masks 4. Coda: Commedia dell’Arte Today Index