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Commedia dell'Arte Masks

Commedia was a a 16th century theatrical form which employed stock characters in improvisational scenarios. The humor was broad and bawdy - our term "slapstick" actually derives from a stick carried by one of the commedia characters (Arlecchino's batocchio, literally "bell clapper"). Each character had standard comic bits (called "Lazzi"), and each had a distinctive mask. Before the show, the actors would agree on a rough outline of a plot, and then would improvise their way through it in performance.

My commedia masks as shown here are not strictly traditional, but represent my own interpretation of the traditional characters and designs.

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Arlecchino Mask.
Arlecchino


Brighella


Capitano


Dottore


Pantalone

For more information about Commedia, and about how I came to develop these designs, see the article Commedia to Kuala in the About Shapeshifter section.



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