I Commedianti (The Comedians)

By Teatrino Giullare, Italy

Saturday, August 11 | 8:00 pm

Meet Harlequin, Pantalone, and a host of tricksters and clowns as the ancient Italian Commedia dell'Arte tradition comes to life in the hands of two masterful actor/puppeteers. This comedic performance combines pantomime, music, and puppetry with traditional Italian leather masks, costumes, and scenery. Known throughout the world for their skillful and creative style, Teatrino Giullare now brings their artistry to Boston for the very first time. A great evening of timeless theater for audiences of all ages.

Recommended for audiences 10 and up.

About the Artists:

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Founded by Giulia Dall’Ongaro and Enrico Deotti, Teatro Giullare creates original theatre with a strong visual sensibility. The company is known for using puppets (“artificial actors”) flanked by ‘real’ actors. Since 1995, the company has created innovative shows that have been performed throughout Italy and Europe. They have also toured Canada, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Ethiopia, Kenya, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and Morocco.

Teatrino Giullare has conducted extensive research on Commedia dell’Arte and classical theatre with a modern and ironic look. They are involved in a project dedicated to contemporary dramaturgy and artifice. Since 2005 they have produced Endgame by Beckett, Destination by Thomas Bernhard, Black battles with Dogs by B.M. Koltès, The Room by Harold Pinter and Woman as Lovers by E.Jelinek. The main purpose of the project is the research on some of the twentieth century’s classics and contemporary theatre pieces trough an original vision that experiments with the use of artificial actors to intensify the real nature of texts. This project won the Italian Awards of Critics and Premio Speciale Ubu (the main Italian awards for theatre) for the depth of interpretation of contemporary classics earning a great interest from audience and critics.

The company have often been invited to hold workshops and professional seminars on their theatrical art form at, among other places, the University of Bologna and Venezia, the Museo Argentino del Titere in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the University of Smirne (Turkey), the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad (India), the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), The S. Mubarak Museum in Il Cairo (Egypt), The National Theatre of Tirana (Albania), the Centrum Edukacji Kulturalnej of Warsaw (Poland), the Theatre Festival Iberoamericano of Bogotà (Colombia).

They have won numerous prizes and awards, including International Festival of Genova (1998), Best Actress World Art Festival, Prague (2003), National Italian Award of Critics (2006), Ubu Special Prize (2006) Special Jury Award Mess Festival Sarajevo (2007), Hystrio Prize – Altre Muse (2011).