Mask Making and Commedia workshop creates amazing masks

A combined Mask Making and Commedia workshop run by Roberto Andrioli brought participants from the the UK, Canada and the US. They spent 2 weeks in Florence learning about the the art of mask making and producing their own masks. The participants also had a chance to enhance their Commedia dell’Arte acting skills. The group made sure to explore the delights of Florence and visit the Uffizi Gallery, Cinque Terre and have a beautiful evening watching the sunset in Piazza Michelangelo.

Thank you to all the participants, instructor Roberto Andrioli and  Florence representative Maria DiNoia for a wonderful 2 weeks.

Looking forward to next year!

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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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