RCCU’s 10nth Anniversary Workshops June 12-July 1 (NY)

Stanley Allan Sherman, well-known maskmaker who contributed an excellent guest post to our Commedia Month series, will be teaching a 3 week commedia intensive from June 12-July 1 in New York.  The workshop will feature over 128 hours of instruction. Here’s some of the details: RCCU 2011 RCCU is beginning its 10th anniversary year teaching Classical Commedia dell’Arte.  Students will […]

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Guest Post: What makes a Great Commedia Mask? by Stanley Allan Sherman

[I’ve asked a few great mask makers to submit a guest post entitled: What Makes A Great Commedia Mask? Their responses will appear here over the next few days. The images sprinkled throughout this page are from the author’s website, copyright by the author (as is the text), and used by permission. For permission to reprint this article or the […]

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Giants of Commedia: Carlo Mazzone-Clementi

Carlo Mazzone-Clementi was the founder of the Dell’arte school of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake California.  He was a childhood friend of Amletto Sartori, Marcel Marceau’s first touring partner, worked with Jacques LeCoq, and performed with Dario Fo, Franca Rama, and Giorgio Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. In 1959 he came to the United States to teach commedia, […]

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Commedia Mask Museum: Amleto and Donato Sartori

After World War II, the Italian intellectual community was searching for their cultural and historical roots. A number of theatre people started to explore commedia dell’arte, which at that time when it was performed was being done as stodgy museum pieces really devoid of life (think bad Moliere)  A group of artists, including Giorgio Strehler, Dario Fo, Jacques LeCoq, Marcello […]

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Pochinko workshop in Brooklyn 3/21-4/22/10

WORKSHOPCharacter Mask to Clown With Deborah KaufmannInspired by the teachings of Richard Pochinko, Canadian clown master teacher “If we face the six directions of self, we can’t help but laugh at the beauty  and ridiculousness of all that we are.” — Richard Pochinko This investigation is an inspiring way for the artist to make direct connection to aspects of his/her true […]

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Dell’arte Goes to Bali 2009 Feb 9-March 12, 2009

FEBRUARY 9 – MARCH 12, 2009Check out the Bali Blog 2007by School Director Joan Schirle Since 1996, Dell’Arte International has invited students, teachers, designers, directors, and artists to immerse themselves in the traditional arts of Bali and encounter the profound spirit of the Balinese people. In this unique and wonderfully successful program participants study traditional Balinese performing arts and crafts […]

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Emotion Masks

Cleaning up old papers, found this photo of masks. We used these in Arne Zaslove’s commedia class at Dell’arte in the summer of 1995. Arne, Carlo Mazzone-Clemente, and Joan Schirle team taught the class. Not sure who made the masks, but they are stunning, easy to use, and oh so much fun. (UPDATE:  Melody Anderson is the creator of these […]

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School of Physical Theatre, London England

The School of Physical Theatre is a full-time professional school based in London, UK, devoted to the training of physical theatre artists – writers, directors, and actors. The School offers a focused program – a voyage from the complex everyday world to its created reflection in the theatrical space. The School was founded in 1978 in Toronto, Canada under the […]

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Brian Foley’s Commedia Links

Brian Foley (of Circus Bambouk) has started a very nice Commedia Link blog– he’s putting up all sorts of great video regarding commedia, as well as book reviews, photographs, pictures of masks, thoughts, philosophy,etc. I highly recommend checking it out. Visit the blog at http://cdalinks.blogspot.com/ He posted two video links that I was especially interested in– both feature Ferrucio Soleri. […]

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