Commedia

Commedia dell’Arte began in Italy in the early Renaissance. Originaly commedia was performed by street performers. The performances consisted of certain stock characters, all of whom had a certain costume, mask and way of walking and moving. The troupe would study Lazzi, or scenarios for the characters. The performances themselves were usually ab-lib, and the actors of the troupe would usually have several characters they portrayed. Commedia dell’Arte evolved as the times changed, adding more characters and more Lazzi, but the core idea remains the same today.

The character entries below have a brief description of the character, and a picture. Most of them also include a link to the Commedia dell’Arte homepage about the character. There you can find more information about the character, their costume, poses and common Lazzi.

Characters

Arlecchino
Brighella
Capitano
Columbia
Comico
Dottore
Innamorati
La Servetta
Pantalone
Pedrolino
Pulcinella
Scaramouche
Zanni

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