Commedia dell’Arte Workshop
Location: Florence, Italy
Dates: June 3-21, 2013
Price: 1950 € (euros)
Inspire Through Improvisation
The course is geared toward understanding the theatrical experience as a fun and useful game for developing your own creativity and expressiveness as well as increasing your artistic experience in relation to a group. The course will help to develop the exchange of physical energy and creativity amongst the students in the group.
The course focuses on reading, understanding, and interpreting scenes, characters and stories contained in major classical texts, reviving them from an environment some 500 years ago. This course allows students to see the many emotions connected to time, space, love, fame, war, power, justice, friendship, violence and jealousy that remain in our world today. Theater as an intellectual exercise and as a strongly emotional experience will be explored in this course.
The course will take place in Florence and combine body expression/language and acting. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the characters of Commedia and to dance to a choreographed Renaissance noble Italian dance. There is also the possibility of doing a performance in Florence.
It’s all about the experience
The course will be 4 hours per day and participants will have the late afternoon, evening and weekend free to explore Florence and Tuscany.
- Course schedule: 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday (3 weeks).
- Accommodation: Participants will stay in furnished apartments in Florence with wi-fi and air conditioning. Apartments will be available from June 2-22, 2013.
- Language: The course will be taught in English.
- Location of course: Florence, Italy.
- Local in-country coordinators: All coordination teams are English speaking. Aside from the local support from your in-country team you’ll be given access to a 24/7 emergency phone line manned by our response team in case any problem should arise while you’re overseas.
Participants will have the option of participating in various excursions (some are at an additional cost).
- Piazza Michelangelo at sunset
- Visit to the Tuscan hot springs
- Half day trip to Fiesole for spectacular views of Florence
- Weekend trip to Cinque Terre
What is included
- 3-week Workshop (20 hours per week)
- 3 weeks accommodation in a student apartment with wi-fi and air conditioning (double occupancy)
- Welcome reception and drink
- 24-hour access to our representative
- Certificate at end of course
What is not included
- Health insurance. Each participant must show proof of medical coverage throughout stay in Florence, Italy.
- Flights are not included but Go Inspired can assist you in making your travel arrangements. We will meet you when you arrive in Florence.
- Bring comfortable clothing for the workshop.
- Phones will be available for rent.
- Visas: If coming from outside Europe, please check to see visa requirements of your country. If coming from the United States, it is not necessary to have a visa if you will be studying less than 90 days.
It was such a great experience. I met people from different countries, learned a lot and spent 2 weeks in beautiful Florence.Summer 2010Commedia dell'Arte Workshop, Florence, Italy
This was such an amazing experience - I had so much fun! It was such a wonderful time. I wish it had been longer! Thank you!Summer 2010Commedia dell'Arte Workshop, Florence, Italy
Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful experience. It made my trip to Florence unforgettable. I think your concept and execution of Go Inspired is great.Summer, 2012Baroque Workshop, Florence, Italy
I got a great deal out of it. It made me much braver about teaching and approaching Commedia. Stanley's knowledge was most informative. Commedia is still frightening to me in terms of performance, but I did it and was much the better for it. I now know the differences in the Commedia characters and their traits. I now recognize the characters in other mediums, such as TV characters.Winter, 2011Commedia dell'Arte, New York, USA
I cannot thank you enough for organizing such an amazing experience. I will remember it for the rest of my life and already miss Italia and the friends I made every day!!!!Summer 2011Commedia dell'Arte Workshop, Florence, Italy
Meet the instructors
Roberto Andrioli of Florentine origin, studied at PiccoloTeatro Scuola di Milano under the direction of Giorgio Strehler, working on numerous productions in Italy and abroad. Some include Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York, The French Theatre Company Danza Jean Duroure Francois, Il teatro di Metastasio Prato, Il Baltinsky Dom St. Petersburg, Lacorte Ospitale di Rubiera, L’artistic di Pavia. He is a multifaceted artist who loves working in diverse genres of prose and theatre, from musicals to Commedia dell’Arte. His work has reached the world of television, radio and theatre and he has taught drama techniques and is a well-known mask-maker.
Marco Bendoni, a professional dancer and Commedia Dell’Arte actor, works assiduously with recognized instrumental groups and baroque music such as Arpegiatta or Savall and combines their art with the teaching profession, offering numerous dance workshops throughout the world. Marco has worked in different dance companies across the globe. Marco focuses on body expression in Commedia dell’Arte.