Commedia dell’arte in the Contemporary World – Challenge, Performance, Practice

Abstract

Influenced by the components of everyday life, contemporary theatre is undoubtedly subject to multiple transformations. Theatre needs a new lease on life, new subject matters. Without minimizing the importance of modern theatre, but out of sheer fondness of Commedia dell’arte, we have tried to outline certain characteristics, traits that impart colour to this provocative genre, regardless of space and time. Of course, only time will verify its future dual value as spectacle, as spectacle - performance and practice. Considering all these aspects from a musician’s perspective, it was only natural to emphasize the important position music occupies in Commedia dell’arte and its role as binding agent that in this way creates a balance between modernity and tradition.

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