Commedia dell’ Arte Class with Robi Arce
Commedia dell’ Arte arouse during the renaissance as a revulsive reaction to the theatre that was established, made for the wealthy in the courts, marking a turning point on the history of theatre. Commedia brought theatre to the people with larger than life characters that represented the society, establishing the profession of the actor-storyteller.
This workshop is a contemporary approach to Commedia dell’Arte that will serve as a physical comedy training for actors and non-actors. The characters of Commedia live on the edge of life and death and their motivations are visceral, the actor’s work is to possessed by the character and the mask. It is full of improvisation and based on archetypical characters. It is fast, funny, cruel, full of slapstick and uses society as the canvas to criticize our system but also ourselves!
Attendees will be exposed to:
- Body Awareness and Physicality
- The use of the Mask
- Character development
- Corporal dramaturgy
- Musicality and rhythm
- Interaction with the audience
- The Lazzi
Create a Mexican-inspired fibre wallhanging or art piece using wool felt. Info/General: In this two day course we will discover the unlimited possibilities of this ancient medium as we learn how to create multidimensional texture and surface effects and add vibrancy with natural silk embellishments. Italian merino wool, silk and supplies included. Teacher: Lori Roussakis explores the unlimited possibilities that can be created using dyed wool felt. Lori applies the same fine art principles she has learned from 25 years of painting and collage to make artwork and wallhangings that are multidimensional, textural and vibrant! Lori has won awards for her works and looks forward to sharing a variety of techniques that will allow others to unleash their own creativity with this exciting medium.