etno histEria COMMEDIA DELL' ARTE lab dell'Arte lab: 29. july - 5. august
The Commedia dell'Arte (also known as Commedia all’Improvviso) laboratory is intended as the discovery of a theatrical code which includes the use of expressive half-face masks, a particular acting style, vocality, rules and actor-audience relations. The laboratory is however not intendedas a strict attempt at philological recovery of a genre which may seem otherwise outmoded. The strength of Commedia all’Improvviso is represented by its particular characters (Pantalone, Arlecchino, Zanni, Dottore, Brighella, innamorati, capitani etc.) who represent archetypes of human society which can be found in every culture and in any period.

The laboratory

The “maskwork” involved in the Commedia dell'Arte represents a milestone in an actor's work, as it holds all the tools and principles of the art of acting. This type of work requires a great deal of involvement on the part of the actor, who is also required to have good physical ability.

The Commedia dell’Arte, with his work on types, on the expressiveness of the body, on the use of the mask and with its canovaccio, represents a unique opportunity for an actor’s training. Such training teaches the actor to combine realism and artifice, ‘natural’ gestures with the expressiveness of the mask, and to transform this creative game into the audience’s comprehension and enjoyment.

The first phase will be devoted to physical and vocal training with a targeted use of body language, expressiveness, quality of movement, vocality and rhythm.


Historical Introduction: the birth and evolution of the Commedia dell'Arte , its masks and their function, iconographic and literary sources , the Commedia dell'Arte today (photographic and video material will be used).

The mask: A series of exercises will explore the following: propulsion points, the mask as a tool and its use/functionality, the physicality of the mask, search for a mask’s own voice, the concepts of riporto and a parte.

Traditional and modern characteristics: The unique characteristics of the Commedia dell’Arte will be studied together with the intentional/emotional world of the following masks: Dottore, Pantalone, Zanni, Arlecchino, Brighella, la Serva, Capitano, gli Innamorati, Strega. Their study will include an in-depth analysis of their posture and social relations. The next step is the allocation of the best-suited mask to each of the participants in order to develop individual characters.

Canovaccio: through improvisation exercises on a theme, using the classic patterns of dramatic construction, an original canovaccio will be developed, which will be presented as a final project open to the public.

PLACE 29.7.-2.8.
Cat's hill camping, Istria, Slovenia
PLACE 2.8. - 5.8.
Castle Snežnik, festival Floating castležnik_Castle_Museum

28.7. - fri: coming
29.7. - 2.8.: workshops
3.8.- 5.8.: performing production on festival Floating castle

Participation Fee
FEE: 150 EUR

The participation fee includes accommodation, full board and all activities. Travel costs to and from the camp as well as visa fees are not covered, unfortunately. Your travel from Cats Hill to Castle Snežnik will be organised inbetween people having cars, the costs should be shared inbetween you.

Funding Opportunities and Visa Support
In order to ensure your participation, please let us know immediately, if you require a visa to travel to Slovenia. We can support you with an invitation letter, which you can present at the Slovenian Embassy in your country.


All the participants should have valid INSURANCE (EU insurance card), possibly TENT, as well as sleeping bag and mat, swimsuit and possible bottle of local drink or food (for cultural exchange purpose).

Application deadline: Friday, June 30th. (or till we fill the capacities)

If you have any questions, please write an e-mail to:
- Enja:


Matteo Spiazzi
Matteo  Spiazzi  –  is  a  graduate  of the  Accademia  d’Arte  Drammatica  “Nico Pepe”  (Udine, Italy 2010)  He  has  worked as  an actor, director, drama  teacher and event  organizer in many different countries  such as  Austria, Belarus, Ecuador, Estonia. He  has  specialized in mask work and in particular in “Commedia  dell’Arte”  and has  held workshops  at  the  University of Verona, the Universidad Central  de  Quito in Ecuador, with the  University of Tartu (Art  department  in Viljandi), with the  National  Academy of Dramatic  Art  Belarus  and with the  National  Academy of  Dramatic  Art  in Minsk (Belarus). Some  of his  productions  are  still  running at  the  “Gorkij  National  Academic  Russian Theatre” (Minsk, Belarus), and the  “Maribor Lutkovno Gledalisce  Theatre”  (Maribor, Slovenia). He  is currently working on the  direction of an Italian comedy “La  Locandiera”  by Carlo Goldoni, that will  have  its  debut  in January at  the  “Gorkij  National  Academic  Russian Theatre”  of Minsk, Belarus  as  well  as  another project  for  the  “Bielorussian National  Puppet  Theatre”  (Minsk, Belarus). He  also works  with the  National  Puppet  Theatre  of Słupsk (Słupsk, Poland), Theatre Cwarta  Scena/  Teatr Slawsky (Katowice, Poland), Dada  Zirkus  in Vienna  (Austria), Circolo dei Lettori  in Verona, He  has  acted in several  plays  in Italy, both in classical  and contemporary theatre. He  is  one  of the  founders  of the  “THEAOMAI”  (Theatre, University, City) project  with the  University of Verona. He  has  been selected several  times  to participate  in workshops  held by famous  directors  for the  “Biennale  Teatro”  in Venice. He  worked as  Nicola  Zorzi’s  assistant director for the  opera  "Macbeth" by Giuseppe  Verdi  at  the  Marrucino Theater (Chieti).
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