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Saturday, May 13 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Improv(is)ing Interculturality through Five Centuries of Commedia dell’Arte: Mask and Play Innovation Across Disciplines and Cultures

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  • Dr. Nikole Pascetta (Canada), graduate of Jacque Leqoc’s École International de Théâtre, artist educator, scholar on Leqoc’s work. 

  • Oliver Crick (Britain) co-author of Commedia dell’Arte: A Handbook for Troupes; street performer, juggler, conservatory teacher.

  • Dr. Sergio Costola, Associate Professor of Theatre, Southwestern University.

    • Description: This panel seeks to further Commedia dell’Arte research by troubling narratives of class, gender, and ethnicity to focus on the improvisatory techniques of mask and grammelot play. Considered the most direct ancestor of contemporary improvisation techniques, Commedia dell'Arte is best known for its unconventional style of spontaneous physical theatre born out of the necessity to address social inequities, disempowerment and oppression. With its archetypal stock characters and multilingual communications, what can the improvised 'jeu' of Commedia’s street-to-structured theatre offer in the way of reshaping and deepening notions of contemporary social identity?​

Saturday May 13, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 202

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