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Commedia dell’Arte

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Commedia dell’arte is a performance form that originated in Italy during the 16th century. It is based on highly physical improvised performance around sketches or scenarios, with stock characters.


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An intensive commedia course, taught by Antonio Fava, with a commentary by John Rudlin. The workshop was observed by John Retallack, Director of the Oxford Stage Company.
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by McPherson, Katrina
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Actor, director, writer, flautist, mask-maker and teacher, Antonio Fava worked with Dario Fo and Jacques Lecoq before founding Teatro del Vicolo with Dina Buccino. He also performs with his children.


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Actor, director, writer, flautist, mask-maker and teacher, Antonio Fava worked with Dario Fo and Jacques Lecoq before founding Teatro del Vicolo with Dina Buccino. He also performs with his children.
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