Mask Making workshop in Italy

Mask Making and Commedia dell’Arte Workshop in Italy

This year we have amazing participants from the UK, USA and Canada who are learning to make leather masks as well as discovering and growing their acting skills. Although the summer heat is in full blast, this has not stopped the participants from enjoying all that Florence has to offer like the Uffizi Gallery, Cinque Terre and, of course, the gelato. Can’t wait to see the final masks. But here is a peek of the what they have been working on all week.  Mask Making workshop in Italy Mask Making workshop in Italy

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Summer 2015 Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Florence, Italy

Six participants from different countries descended upon Florence, Italy and spent the summer learning about Commedia dell’Arte from 2 talented Italian actors. The workshop, in its 5th year, brought a lot of laughs, new friendships and of course, learning about Commedia, its characters, physical work and dance. Not to mention the amazing time spending the summer in Florence, Italy, visiting museums, trips to hot springs, exploring beautiful Cinque Terre and of course, eating the famous Italian cuisine. The next Commedia dell’Arte workshop will take place in summer 2016. Start making your plans for an incredible summer.

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Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

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Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Commedia in New York City Summer 2015

Come learn Commedia dell’Arte in New York City this summer! The course focuses on movement, gesture, history of the characters, improvisation, lazzi, mask work, mime, physical skills, prop manipulation, rhythm, scatology, scenario work, women and more; all integrated.

It is a chance to discover the Commedia characters and improve your improv skills.

The course runs from June 21-26, 2015 in the Centro Espanol in New York City. It will be 40+ hours.

The cost is $535. Housing is not included but we can assist you in finding the accommodation you are looking for.

For more information, check out http://goinspired.wpengine.com/commedia-dellarte-in-new-york-usa/

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Commedia dell’Arte Day February 25, 2015

February 25th is the day the world recognizes Commedia dell’Arte. Thanks to Commedia, we have the term “slapstick”. Commedia dell’Arte began in the 16th Century in Italy when professional actors traveled around in troupes performing on city streets, royal courts or wherever they had an audience. There were no elaborate sets and they used what they could find for props including animals, food, and furniture. Some of the most famous characters that came out of Commedia are Arlecchino, Pantalone, Zanni and Il Capitano.  The character Arlecchino bore two sticks tied together, which made a great noise on impact leading to “slapstick” comedy. Using improvisation and masks, Commedia became world famous and today we can see the characters portrayed in movies and television.

Go Inspired is proud to offer a Commedia dell’Arte course in the place where it all began. A fun hands-on workshop with participants from all over the world blending their cultures, humor and improvisation skills while learning from professional Italian actors. Join the course for 2 or 4 weeks, accommodation included. For more information, check out Commedia dell’Arte in Florence.

If you would like to learn the art of mask making, join us for a 2-week course where you will leave with 2 masks.

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Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Commedia Workshop in Florence, Italy

The students have been working on creating some classic commedia characters (Il Capitano, Pantalone, Ricciolina, and Arlequino) with the instructors, Roberto Andrioli and Marco Bendoni. They are using improvisation and physical adaptations of characters to enhance classic and timeless scenarios. During the second week, they learned some traditional and period dances, the first being the dance of the Tarantella. The energy is up, the learning is visible and the inspiration is apparent!

Commedia dell'Arte workshop in Italy

The final performance was fantastic.
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