Join this special masterclass weekend and immerse yourself in the fantastical world of Commedia dell'Arte. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to explore the theatre form in the company of like-minded educators, directors and performers under the guidance of Commedia dell'Arte specialist Marco Luly!
What is Commedia dell'Arte?
Commedia dell'Arte is a unique form of actor's theatre characterised by improvised dialogue and a cast of colourful stock characters. The tradition offers valuable training in improvisation, comedy, mask, voice and pantomime. The techniques of Commedia dell'Arte also emphasises precision, self-awareness and participation in group work, all-important skills for any performer.
About the Masterclass Weekend
The Masterclass Weekend offers masterclasses of two levels: an introductory masterclass on 11 November 2017 and an advanced masterclass on 12 November 2017.
The introductory masterclass, Commedia dell'Arte for Teaching Artists, introduces the lazzi, stock characters and various techniques that cultivate self-awareness and precision in the use of gestures and voice. This is a pre-requisite for participation in the advanced masterclass.
The advanced masterclass, The Market of Stories: Stories, Dialogues, Monologues with the Characters and the Masks of Commedia dell'Arte, builds upon the skills learnt in the introductory masterclass. Participants will explore how the tradition and their own cultures and theatrical background can spark new characters and original scenarios and lazzis in this jam session.
For more information on the Introductory and Advanced masterclasses, click here.
About Marco Luly
Marco is the founder, Artistic Director and writer for Luoghi dell'Arte in Rome. Since 1993, he has led his company to perform and lead workshops in Asia, Europe and America.
Marco has conducted classes and lectures on the history and techniques of Commedia dell'Arte and worked in cross-cultural productions with students and actors in many countries.
He specialises in the production of Commedia dell'Arte, Medieval Theatre and of plays by the Father of Italian Comedy, Carlo Goldoni. His commitment to reviving this unique form of theatre has won acclaim as he continues to adapt and contemporarise medieval and renaissance period manuscripts in his performances.
SDEA advances the profession of the drama educator by supporting their professional development through its Continuing Education and Training programme. The programme features masterclasses, workshops and the SDEA Drama Pedagogy certification course which helps raise the bar on drama education and artistic practices in schools, communities and performances.