Chiara D'Anna, Italian actress, director, writer and academic will teach this exciting course – an introduction to Commedia dell’Arte and its legacy in contemporary performance. Chiara is one of the top practitioners and scholars in the UK: a tutor with both deep, theoretical knowledge and professional experience as an actress, director and teacher. Techniques studied will comprise body awareness, improvisation, stagecraft, slapstick, stock characterisation and half-mask technique.
This course is an excellent opportunity for drama students, teachers, professional actors and theatre makers to develop skills that are fundamental in any performance setting – not only physical comedy. The Masks of Commedia dell’Arte are an excellent tool to expand performers’ physical vocabulary, stamina, space awareness and understanding of tempo-rhythm and comic timing.
This workshop is a great opportunity to learn how to create successful ensemble work, interact effectively with an audience and improvise with confidence. Chiara's approach to commedia looks specifically at the application of Commedia dell’Arte principles and masks techniques in contemporary performance. The course will culminate in a performance to a small invited audience of family and friends.
In this course you will learn Commedia dell’Arte’s principles and techniques and how to apply these skills in other theatrical contexts.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
This course is an excellent opportunity for drama students, drama teachers, professional actors and directors to develop skills that are fundamental in any performance setting. It is particularly useful for actors, students and theatre practitioners interested in improvisation, comedy, devising and physical approach to characterisation.
Following an introduction to Commedia dell’Arte and its history, the course will focus on specific techniques to acquire the necessary skills to work with masks on grotesque characterisation. This course will allow you to explore Commedia as a useful tool to expand your physical and vocal vocabulary for any type of approach to theatre: from devising to text-work.
You'lll have the opportunity to focus on different aspects of actor training. Techniques studied will comprise body awareness, improvisation, stagecraft, slapstick, stock characterisation and half-mask technique.
During the last part of the course, you'll apply the knowledge and experience acquired throughout the course to devise your own work (Commedia’s canovacci). This independent work in small groups will culminate in a commedia performance for an invited audience.
(Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity).
14 to 18 September 2019
One day a week for three weeks
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Saturday, 9.30am to 3pm
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A 20% discount is available for:
If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.
Materials are included in the course fees.
Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Please select when you would like to start: