February 1, 2017 Commedia dell’Arte and Renaissance Music demonstration UN MONDO DI COMMEDIA at 7:00 at Dartmouth College, NH. Open to the public.
February 2, 2017 Show ARIA DI COMMEDIA at 8:00 at Dartmouth College, NH. Open to the public.
February 1 – February 3, 2017 Commedia dell’Arte and Renaissance Music workshops MASKS IN MOTION at Dartmouth College, NH.
February 24, 2017 Commedia dell’Arte Workshop MASKS IN MOTION at 4:00 at Wellesley College, MA.
February 25, 2017 at 5:00 Free show “MUSICI & COMMEDIANTI – Commedia dell’Arte meets Italian Folk Music” in collaboration with award winning music ensemble Newpoli. To attend please sign up here: http://conta.cc/2jM0ue7
March 23 – March 24, 2017 Commedia dell’Arte Workshops and Demonstrations at UMass Dartmouth, MA.
April 30, 2017 Original scenario Lady of the Rings as part of the Seven Times Salt CD release event Bring Your Own Picnic: Early Music at the Brewery, Aeronaut Brewing Company, Somerville, MA.
May 5 – May 7 Intensive Commedia dell’Arte workshop at Brookline Ballet School, Brookline, MA.
June 30 – July 1, 2017 One Woman + One Musician show ISABELLA UNMASKED – The legacy of a Renaissance Italian Wooman at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston – PREMIERE!
Pazzi Lazzi has had the pleasure to perform and to teach workshops for theaters such as New York University – Casa Zerilli Marimò, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington,DC, (WATCH THE VIDEO for the European Kids Festival, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington, DC) and organizations such as Harvard University, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Wellesley College, Indiana University in Bloomington, University of Vermont, Skidmore University, Order Sons of Italy and Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts Cultural Center, among the others.
The show “Aria di Commedia” features some original, independent scenes based on classic Commedia dell’Arte scenarios of the early 1600s with a few modern twists. The two or three actors interpret famous Commedia stock characters such as Arlecchino, Pulcinella, Balanzone and Colombina with their comedic troubles that result from typical human weaknesses such as fear, envy, jealousy and greed. Pazzi Lazzi’s main goal is to bring Commedia dell’Arte, one of the most ancient forms of theatre of the Western World, to the American audience. All members of the troupe play various famous Commedia’s stock characters (Pantalone, Colombina, Arlecchino, Dottore and so on) using leather masks and typical costumes. WATCH Durazzini’s lecture on Commedia dell’Arte and the most recent version of the show at New York University.
Pazzi Lazzi writes many of its own scenarios, inspired by real 1600s plots and newspaper letters of the modern world. And since it is Commedia dell’Arte, “lazzi” (also known as jests, tricks, comic routines) are written by the performers based on their work of improvisation.
Check out also one of the children’s versions of the show in Italian.
In the shows and demonstrations, the musical accompaniment is provided by Seven Times Salt, an acclaimed early music ensemble specializing in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Check out the photo gallery of our demonstration and our lecture at “Teaching with the Arts and Theater: A Symposium on Theory and Practice – Harvard University “
The workshops and demonstrations, usually led by Chiara Durazzini and accompanied sometimes by the Grammelot exercises session led by Emanuele Capoano, introduce actors and non- actors alike to the fascinating world of history and characteristics of Commedia dell’Arte. The teacher leads students in understanding the physicality of the most famous characters of Commedia (Pantalone, Arlecchino, Colombina, the Innamorati), demonstrating how each exaggerated and stylized body characteristic represents a corresponding emotional and personality trait and how the performer’s entire body becomes the “mask” of the stock character, learning their positions, walks and gestures.
Depending on the duration, they can include: introduction about the history and characteristics of Commedia dell’Arte, a demonstration scene, improvisations with masks, exercises about Grammelot.
Workshops vary in length, depending on need. Up to 15 students. Curriculum available upon request. Check out this demonstration video to see students in action.
“I had fun at the Commedia dell’Arte event. The presenter and teacher was incredible. She was so small and powerful and very funny. I appreciated a lot the acquisition of the basic knowledge and then to try the characters ourselves. It was very interesting to learn how the body posture can influence the role you are interpreting. ” – Student of Italian at University of Vermont
“You are an amazing teacher… We laughed, we learned, we moved, we sweated“. Prof. Cristina Mazzoni, University of Vermont.