Arte Commedia presents: Some facts about Commedia dell’Arte pt1

Commedia dell’Arte was born in Italy in the 16th Century.
(Actually, the first Commedia dell’Arte company has been established on the 25th February 1545).
In the XVI Century Italy was divided in lots of different small States, where everybody spoke a different language. In each company there would have been someone who could speak the local dialect (not everybody could), while the rest of the players would have used the language they knew or, eventually, gibberish.
So, even if Commedia is a complete form of theatre (it is NOT mime), the performers needed to rely more on their physicality than on costumes and props, to communicate to the audience which character they were playing.
Commedia dell’Arte has been the first form of professional theatre, as far as I know.
They invented the first form of ticket and the concept to pay (whatever they had available, eggs, fruit, poultry, money..) in exchange of the service of making you laugh!

For this reason they needed enclosed spaces where the audience could not simply find a way to watch for free. These spaces where called “Stanzoni” (in English it means Big rooms).
First with no seats, than making them a little more comfortable… Again, as far as I know, these were the first form of Theatres!!
Commedia dell’Arte introduced the Actresses. Before this to happen, women roles were played by men in disguise!

Hope you enjoyed the update I wish you a great beginning of the year 2011 and I hope to see you soon participating to my January workshops.

Stay blogged,



About Arte Commedia aka Alessandro Gavello

Alessandro Gavello. Circus & Theatre performer by passion, Artistic Director by skill, Teacher by nature, Actor by trade, Practitioner of Commedia dell'Arte based in South Australia by fate, Sport Pioneer and NLP Practitioner by Choice. Born in Italy in 1974. Practiced Martial Arts (Ju tai jutsu) for several years, then, during his studies in becoming a PE Teacher, decided to explore a little further the Arts. Berlin Gymnaestrada in 1995 as an acrobat, Argentinean Tango performance on stilts to celebrate the New Millennium in Torino (31-12-1999), as a student at the Moscow Circus school in 2002, Physical Theatre studies (Lecoq method) for 3yrs (2001-2004), and the "International School of Comic Acting & Commedia dell'Arte" with A. Fava in 2004. Landed in Australia in 2005, performed and taught Circus and Commedia to more than 50,000 audience members since then. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, working and living doing what he likes the most and has a passion for; has been called for 3yrs in a row to be a lecturer at the Italian University in Movement Science in subjects related to the Performing Arts, movement education and body awareness. In his latest adventure he is introducing a new Sport to Australian sports lovers. It's called Hit Ball and it's just arrived, from one of the most inventive minds on the Planet, directly from Italy, where it built a solid reputation in the last few years! Check more info on blog: or on Facebook:
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