Classical Commedia University* Events
difficult times, one of the highest achievements is to bring a smile
... some laughter to another and relieve worries and concerns for a
time. Performers, players, actors, dancers, and all artists, are the
reflection of, and a relief to our world. Our society. Our Culture.
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can open the drawer marked Commedia dell'Arte,
but, having opened it, how does one know what to choose from it."
Classical Commedia University*
RCCU teaching Classical
Commedia dell'Arte since
close to its original form as we believe it was performed in the 1500s
to 1600s. Participants
discover and develop their personal historical Commedia dell'Arte traditional
characters, style with their individual qualities.
the basics of the northern Commedia dell'Arte
Commedia dell'Arte characters
History of the characters; their movement and gestures, improvisation,
lazzi, mask work, mime, physical skills, prop manipulation, rhythm,
scatology, scenario work, and more; all integrated.
Women of the Commedia dell'Arte
Much of the scenario and improvisation work will be from our
own translation of four Flaminio Scala scenarii* we believe were
performed by the legendary Gelosi Company 1572 to 1604, plus an anonymous
scenario from 1611 we recently discovered.
by master teacher director
Michela is a Sicilian-American
folk singer known internationally, who specializes in the traditional
and contemporary music of Sicily.
She will be teaching Sicilian and Southern Italian tambourine.Michela-Mousolino.htm
subject to change
For students or teachers seeking academic credit
please discuss the possibility with your academic advisor about receiving
credit as independent study. Teachers
seeking CEU's, please speak with your administration about receiving
credit for this non-accredited workshop. We are happy to help you with
any documentation you will need. A public school teacher has receive
credit for our workshop.
workshop housing options:
Bed & Breakfasts, Sublets, Roommates, Hostels, YMCA's & More
teachers & artists that work with us
Because the Commedia dell'Arte actor is diversely talented, RCCU* brings
in talented guest artists and teachers that specialize in specific areas
for our week long or more intensive. Sometimes as surprise guests for
our short workshops.
Sweeney Smith with the New
York Baroque Dance Company, teaches acrobatics and dances the Commedia
dell'Arte actors performed in Northern Italy in the late 1500's.
Grammy Nominee, concentration is on voice production and diction for
both speaking and singing, and playing simple instrumental music from
the Commedia dell'Arte period using both wind and string instruments.
Of course students also discover how to use these instruments as props.
Nelson is cofounder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus,
performing world wide. Keith is a master teacher of prop manipulation.
Musolino is an Italian singer,
musician and folk dancer. She will be teaching Sicilian and Southern
certificate will be presented to students on the completion of the three
weeks intensive workshop.
scenarii, plural for scenario
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your back has expression! Honing this level of your artistry, discovery
and growth; unlocking freeing your originality; exploring neutral
and metaphysical masks; strengthening mime, movement, rhythm, risk,
joy and play = three new unique workshops, July in NYC.
Stanley Allan Sherman
master teacher director artisan:
the spacious salon of CENTRO
239 West 14 St, NYC
Mask - Metaphysical Mask Lab
- Neutral Mask
Mazzone Clementi - Metaphysical Mask
Exploring using both masks. Exercises from our two great movement
theater pioneers, plus ones we have developed.
Neutral Mask - being one in the moment.
Metaphysical Mask - a constant state of becoming.
Discovery on multiple levels, openness, stimulating truthful performance,
economy of movement, intention becomes an act, superfluous gesture
- exposed, awareness, connection with the soul of the actor/performer,
thought becomes a deed and more.
Allan Sherman created a Metaphysical Mask with and for Carlo Mazzon-Clementi.
With Peter Kors we explored Carlo's used the Metaphysical Mask. Because
of these labs Stanley has exchanged information with others in Europe
and the United States that use the Metaphysical Mask, including Ole
Brekke that has replace the Neutral mask with the Metaphysical mask
at The Commedia School.
are pioneering investigative labs, now we are adding the Neutral Mask.
This work is quite amazing and helpful with many ways.
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- Movement - Rhythm
are theater elements touching all areas, we'll play with and explore.
Mime for almost every area of stage, essential movement exercises and
rhythm making everything come alive. Vital techniques, point fix, creating
an imaginary object. More
than just technique creates illusion - there is an element where suddenly
magic, it actually seems like the object is there. If
you can create an object, you can create a world that you step into
from the moment you begin.
"timing is everything". When I was at Ecole
Jacque Lecoq's 1970 -72, a friend Richard Hayes-Marshall said
to me, "Stanley I think one of the things we need to discover
is our own personal rhythm. We each have a different personal rhythm"
Have been playing with this since then and Richard is right.
Finding your personal rhythm makes everything you do better, from voice
to walking down the street.
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devised theater; discover
how to create bits, lazzi and a full original show.
your own piece of theater, dance theater, lazzi
is a joy, an adventure
and can be the difference in making a creative fun living.
Have made my living performing my own original material, directing and
developing others, in movement theater, clown theater, dance theater
and music, I know how to create and develop full performance shows and
material. Your original piece of theater has several elements. You bring
your training, technique, love, passion, joy, fun and ideals that will
become your piece. You will explore, discover secrets and original creation
techniques that you will be able to use your creative life time.
Lazzi in the Commedia dell'Arte is the bit of business that is
set. A Lazzo can be physical, musical, vocal - verbal - singing,
instrumental, prop manipulation, mime, dance, involve food... and a
combination of these.
workshop/lab will be devoted to you coming up with your original
lazzi, bit, short theater or dance piece or full show.
Allan Sherman -
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a 1970's article I read about a mask maker in Bali that put souls into
the masks he made for use in their rituals but not the ones they made
to sell. Part of the art of mask making is to be able to put a soul
into your mask".
Stanley Allan Sherman
Clown Nose making workshop
all material, tools and supplies which you get to keep plus an extra
piece of leather to make a nose on your own.
Two sessions about 2 1/2 to 4 hour each. Other days are possible if
there is interest. For detailed information about the custom fitted
clown noses class go to http://www.maskarts.com/maskartsclown.html
classes will run on a flexible schedule during July mainly in the mornings
starting at 9:30 AM. Class can be from 1 to 4 hours depending on what
stage in the process we are at. Afternoon and evening classes are also
mask-making classes covers:
Sculpture of the mask
Mask Making Technique for Paper or cloth, neoprene latex and or leather
Materials, supplies tools and where to get them or how to make them
& Cloth Meche
class includes all your basic supplies, paper, clay, tools and glue.
Students can bring in cloth for cloth meche.
(take both Paper and Cloth Meche and Neoprene Latex $595)
class includes all your basic supplies, clay, tools, mold making material,
neoprene latex and some finishing materials. People
are free to bring in special paints and other finishing materials. This
class includes how to put in hair.
the mornings and sometimes in the afternoons
$1,945 (take all three mask making classes $2,275)
class includes some of your basic supplies like clay, some sculpture
tools, master mold making material, some leather and some finishing
materials. Part of the class is
buying your own leather tools and some optional finishing tools. Buying
and making tools and supplies is part of this class.
is common for student to take their clay sculptures home with them to
work on them.
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