La Tragedia dell'Arte
the Seed of Folly from the Mask to the text
Intensive workshop of Commedia dell'Arte
conceived and directed by
"Our entire existence has no consistency. However, this Commedia cannot be played otherwise." HERASMUS, In Praise of Folly
Folly has always been walking side by side with the history of human kindness, and the way human beings perceive, represent and perfom it. Always swinging between a constant feeling of fascination and repulsion. In ancient times Folly coexisted with society and had indeed a proper role and even a physical personification (let's think about all the fools in medieval courts). But in the beginning of XX century, with the birth of psychoanalysis, the perception changes forever. From now on Folly ends its function of alert antithesis of established order to turn exclusively into an individual clinical sickness to cure and isolate. But if society has still not solved its relationship with Folly, all Arts, in all their forms, kept constanlty in touch with it, as Folly seems to be an indispenable tool to tell what the human being is. The representation of Folly is a cultural heritage that many generations of artists in Europe, and their audience along with them, had to face. creating a real tradition that goes gently from medieval fools to Commedia dell'Arte, from Orlando's folly to Amleto's one, from Don Quixot to Buster Keaton and from Pirandello to pshychedelic dramas. We will here explore the staging of Folly as fury antithetic to society on one side, and as intimate division of the ego on the other side. The classical Commedia dell'Arte techniques will give us the common tools and will make the base for the development of thematic improvisations.