Touring schools and teaching kids about Commedia dell’Arte and Renaissance music!

In collaboration and with the sponsorship of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston and C.A.S.IT we have the great opportunity to tour schools in the Boston area, teaching kids K-12 about the archetypes of Italian Commedia, and the music that accompanied their shows five hundred years ago, and well, even today in our shows! In schools we usually start with a short scenario: Chiara Durazzini plays Arlecchino and Marco Zanelli plays Dottor Balanzone.

commedia balanzone  Dottore: “I have the cure!”

Then we talk about the characteristics of the art form and the funny physicality of some of the characters such as Arlecchino, Dottore, Colombina and Pantalone.  We love to involve the children and have them move like the “tipi fissi”, even trying on masks. Dan Meyers performs a “Canario” while Arlecchino dances and “Gaudeamus Igitur” when Dottore walks in. He also demonstrates his numerous musical instruments. It is very satisfying to hold the attention of very young kids as well as young adults, fascinated by the masks and costumes, laughing at Dottore falling off his chair, participating in our movements’ demonstrations.  And asking the most amazing questions: one time they asked us to sing and we improvised an aria from “Le Nozze di Figaro”!

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Dan Meyers playing pipe and tabor and Chiara Durazzini as Arlecchino at St. Mary’s School, Winchester, MA