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The Artful Widow & The Venetian Twins
- Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
- Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
- Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
- Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
- Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Carlo Goldoni is Italy's answer to Molière. He reformed the tradition of the old Italian commedia dell'arte, doing away with most of the masked characters, low-brow comedy and improvisation and introduced a more refined comedy based on psychological observation, gentle satire and authored texts.
The two pieces we present to you, The Venetian Twins and The Artful Widow, written one after the other, are Goldoni’s first after his above mentioned reformation. We chose them to highlight this moment of transition in Goldoni’s work. These two pieces straddle two worlds: the comedy in the The Venetian twins is more robust, more farcical and is inspired by Plautus’ The Menaechmi. The Artful Widow points the way to Goldoni’s later work: it is more refined and gentler in tone. It’s a comedy of wit & contrast and draws on national characteristics for its humour.
The performer of Goldoni requires a mastery of rhythm, gesture, cadence and, in the true spirit of the commedia dell'arte, a playful desire to break convention as much as follow it. I have done my best to encourage the students to explore their physical interpretation of these wonderful characters, to dilate their presence as performers and to find a sense of style and swagger that is faithful (albeit a bit free in interpretation) to 18th acting style. In my opinion the style of a period, especially one as codified and cliché as the 18th century Italian theatre, must always be re-thought and re-invented. Adaptation is the name of the game and above all I have tried to inspire the students to bring their own imaginations to this material. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.
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