Artistic Residency in Whyalla, Arte Commedia aka Alessandro Gavello goes Regional on a Cargo Project.

When?June 2011.

Where? Memorial Oval Primary School in Whyalla.

What? 1 week of Commedia dell’Arte and Circus with final performance at the end of the week.

How? Through Carclew Youth Arts

It has been a fantastic experience, the whole community has been very supportive. The kids had a chance as well to put together their own masks. Here are an example:

Various Characters masks

On the top left we can see the “Capitano masks”, vertically in the centre we got some “Pantalone masks” and in the bottom left and on the right half of the image we got the “Servants masks” that come with different designs, such as:

Female Servant (Zagna)

Notice the eyebrows to identify it as a female servant, or even different models like…

Male Servant (Zanni)


Female Servant (Zagna)

Male servant (Zanni)

Let’s see a little bit closer a Capitano Mask (in the final version that you can see in the first image you may notice that a feather has been added on their foreheads, just to make them more “Capitano” like)


… & a Pantalone mask


If you are interested in having a similar experience you can either contact me or Carclew and let them know you are looking for having Alessandro Gavello coming to your school!

Special thank you for who developed the masks design we used in Whyalla:

visual artists James Parker and John Whitney (even if he doesn’t have a website, you can find some info about him here).

Stay coast, 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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One Response to Artistic Residency in Whyalla, Arte Commedia aka Alessandro Gavello goes Regional on a Cargo Project.

  1. I have just released this new blog about Commedia dell’Arte and Vulgar Comedy. I hope it will start up a deeper discussion on the subject then we are used to.
    Please feel free to surf the site and comment what you read.
    I hope you like it!

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