Length of performance project: One Commedia dell'Arte scenario of up to 10 minutes to be performed in Week 9 during class time
Length of written documentation: 500 - 750 words
Students will, in assigned groups, present a Commedia dell' Arte Scenario. Each member of your group will take on an assigned role: director, designer (set, costume, lighting, props, sound etc.) and every student in the group will perform. Exceptions may be made for directors. The goal of each project is to create a historically informed presentation of the selected text with respect to the performance conventions of Commedia dell' Arte including: accurate portrayal of stock Commedia characters relevant to the scenario, use of masks and appropriate costumes, incorporation of lazzi, and moments of improvisation. In-depth research is essential to the project. Each student will also submit a 500-750 word analysis of their assigned character including: specific character traits, mask design, physical representation and use of lazzi, as well as a reflection on what purpose the character serves within the world of Commedia. The written assessment must be accompanied by appropriate historical and academic documentation. Students must also submit a peer review through Moodle on the day of the presentation.
In the case of distance students, the individual student will prepare and submit a written/visual exploration of a scenario as director, designer and actor. This presentation must be accompanied by appropriate historical and academic documentation, as well as a brief written articulation of process. Students will choose one stock Commedia character to analyze. See above for required length of documentation. Additional documentation may be submitted in the form of sketches, visual representations, etc. Internet links to Commedia scenarios will be made available on Moodle.