Commedia Dell Arte

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Commedia Dell Arte

  1. 1. Commedia dell arte The Stock Characters
  2. 2. The MASTERS
  3. 3. Who are the Masters? <ul><li>Pantalone </li></ul><ul><li>Il Dottore </li></ul><ul><li>Il Capitano </li></ul><ul><li>Isabella </li></ul><ul><li>The Lovers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pantalone <ul><li>  Origins – Venetian Merchant </li></ul><ul><li>Status – Top of the order, Pantalone has money </li></ul><ul><li>Costume – Black jacket, red tights , yellow shoes </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Stance – Old man’s stoop </li></ul><ul><li>Walk – Small steps </li></ul><ul><li>Movement – looking around, falls on back with bad news </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture – Hands Active/Behind Back </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Characteristic – Everything can be bought </li></ul><ul><li>Animal – Chicken </li></ul><ul><li>Repertorio – Never well, news is always bad </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pantalone’s mask
  8. 8. Il Dottore <ul><li>  Origins – Carnival figure </li></ul><ul><li>Status – Bachelor or widower; One of the father to the lovers </li></ul><ul><li>Costume – Black academic dress </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Stance – Big belly; weight on heels </li></ul><ul><li>Walk – Small steps in a figure eight </li></ul><ul><li>Movement – Static </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture – Needs all the space for himself </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Characteristic – Knows everything about everything </li></ul><ul><li>Animal – Pig </li></ul><ul><li>Repertorio – I have a story about that.. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Il Dottore’s mask
  12. 12. El Capitano <ul><li>  Origins – fake Spanish mercenary </li></ul><ul><li>Status – A loner; Pretends high status but loses it </li></ul><ul><li>Costume – Military attire </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Stance – In attention or stand at ease </li></ul><ul><li>Walk – Big steps – maximum space </li></ul><ul><li>Movement – Straight back, big strides </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture – Extravagant and sustained </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Characteristic </li></ul><ul><li>- Political - if the Turks invade, he becomes a Turk </li></ul><ul><li>-Total coward </li></ul><ul><li>-Danger to himself </li></ul><ul><li>-Thinks he is good looking and God’s gift </li></ul><ul><li>Animal – Peacock </li></ul><ul><li>Repertorio – I’d crush you like an onion between my teeth </li></ul>
  15. 15. El Capitano’s mask
  16. 16.   The Lovers <ul><li>Name: Immorati </li></ul><ul><li>Physical: young, attractive, latest fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Mask: No mask </li></ul><ul><li>Walk: ballet/based on dance master </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: Airy </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristic: Can’t solve own problems </li></ul>
  17. 17. Isabella <ul><li>  Origins – from a 16 th century </li></ul><ul><li>Status – Prima Donna – daughter of Pantalone </li></ul><ul><li>Costume – Well dressed </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Speech – refined </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics -Flirtatious, provocative and stubborn </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Servants
  20. 20. Who are the Servants? <ul><li>The servants are made up of the ZANNI </li></ul><ul><li>Working class and bottom of the rung but even they have a pecking order </li></ul><ul><li>They include : Arlecchino; Brighella; Colombina; Perdolino; Pulcinella Tartagalia; </li></ul>
  21. 21. Arlecchino <ul><li>Origins: Zanni – servant from the country. Means “little devil.” </li></ul><ul><li>Status: Usually servant to Pantalone. </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships: In love with Columbina or Isabella </li></ul><ul><li>Costume: Peasant costume – patches </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Props: Slapstick </li></ul><ul><li>Stance: Bent ready to jump, hands in belt </li></ul><ul><li>Walk: Zanni walk, more ballet/3time step </li></ul><ul><li>Movement: Mask first, then body </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: Slow brain – fast movement/hands </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Characteristics: never the loser – not malicious </li></ul><ul><li>Animal: cat/monkey </li></ul><ul><li>Audience: Sometimes aware of them </li></ul><ul><li>Repertorio: Actions like falling down </li></ul>
  24. 24. Arlecchino’s Mask
  25. 25. Brighella <ul><li>Origins: First zanni – “brig” means trouble </li></ul><ul><li>Status: Base Zanni/ Head waiter </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship: Unscrupulous – will sell mother to make money </li></ul><ul><li>/ never victim </li></ul><ul><li>Costume: White with green chord </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Props: dagger </li></ul><ul><li>Stance: first position ballet, chest forward </li></ul><ul><li>Walk: Zanni torso side to side, head straight </li></ul><ul><li>Movement: cat like panther </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Characteristics: Astute, humorous, quick-witted, sarcastic </li></ul><ul><li>Animal: Lazy cat toying with mouse </li></ul><ul><li>Repertorio: Always hungry, thinks he’s cool </li></ul>
  28. 28. Brighella mask
  29. 29. Colombina <ul><li>Status: Maid to immortia (lovers) </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships: Loves Arlecchino and is friendly; pestered by </li></ul><ul><li>other men </li></ul><ul><li>Costume: maids dress </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Props: basket </li></ul><ul><li>Stance: One knee bent - other extended </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Walk: Flick of foot – zanni walk </li></ul><ul><li>Movements: fast and nimble </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: on hips, good mimic </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Characteristics: Only rational person, self-sufficient, non-negative </li></ul><ul><li>Animal – Doe </li></ul><ul><li>Audience – With them, can see what fools the rest are. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Pulcinella <ul><li>Origins: Means “little chicken” </li></ul><ul><li>Status: banker/lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship: has a loved one/ domesticated </li></ul><ul><li>Physical: humped back </li></ul><ul><li>Costume: baggy white costume with belt </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Props: crude – short slapstick </li></ul><ul><li>Stance: weight on one leg </li></ul><ul><li>Walk: small/ jerky skip </li></ul><ul><li>Movements: slow and top heavy </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: Broad and sparring </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Characteristics: Either played stupid pretending to be clever or clever pretending to be stupid </li></ul><ul><li>Animal: Rooster </li></ul><ul><li>Audience: Direct and quarrelsome </li></ul>
  35. 35. Pulcinella mask
  36. 36. Pedrolino or Pierrot <ul><li>Origins: developed over time </li></ul><ul><li>Status: bottom of pecking order </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship: youngest son </li></ul><ul><li>Physical: small </li></ul><ul><li>Costume: baggy white costume – don’t fit </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>No Mask – white face </li></ul><ul><li>Stance: Third position </li></ul><ul><li>Walk: straight lines </li></ul><ul><li>Movements: head moves like a chicken </li></ul><ul><li>Gesture: elbows up </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>Characteristics: Strong in the face of misery. Totally honest; always tired </li></ul><ul><li>Animal: Pack mule – human animal </li></ul><ul><li>Audience: A loner – sometimes doesn’t speak – a mute </li></ul>
  39. 39. Tartaglia <ul><li>Origins: Means “to stammer” </li></ul><ul><li>Status: banker/lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship: older man – friend of the masters </li></ul><ul><li>Physical: pot bellied and completely bald </li></ul><ul><li>Costume: green and yellow </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>Stance: weight on heels; belly forward </li></ul><ul><li>Walk: a waddle </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics:A stammer – get stuck on words and has to use others </li></ul><ul><li>Animal: Duck </li></ul>

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