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Educational Series: Commedia dell'Arte

  • CREA Nieuwe Achtergracht Amsterdam, NH, 1018 Netherlands (map)

This workshop aims at offering to its participants a first encounter with Commedia dell'Arte. We will be working with masks, expressions, and the physical representation of archetypes. Once the basics of these archetypes is understood and assimilated, we can move on to the second phase which is to improvise simple everyday situations within the frames of clear canvases. Before you know it, you'll be experiencing comical scenes depicting humanity in all its variety, for the pleasure of actors and audience. In a nutshell, a refreshing workshop laying the groundwork for future acting, with or without masks!

Dylan Jones (1971), French-British, graduated from drama school, specialized in acting and stage directing, in 1991. From 1991 to 1999 he worked as an actor, stage director and playwright in France, covering classical, contemporary and Commedia dell'Arte theatre, as well as film, TV and radio. In 1999 he switched to video editing and carried on (co-)writing and producing plays on the side.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and contact lenses instead of glasses, if you have them.  If there's not space in the workshop you might want to consider dropping by before it starts to see if someone couldn't come at the last minute.  You're welcome to take part if there's space!

The subjects of the workshops were chosen by all of those who filled in surveys about what kind of workshops they would like to see offered. The educational series takes place once a month, on a Saturday or a Sunday, at Crea from 14.00 to 17.00. Costs are €5 for members and €10 for non- members and must be transferred to: IN PLAYERS INTERNATIONAL.DRAMA GROUP, NL62INGB0003633494. Please give as a reference: Commedia dell'Arte Workshop and your name. This ensures your place in the workshop, as space is limited to 8 participants.  Please contact Frieda at for information and to reserve. Hope to see you there!

Earlier Event: February 12
Educational Series: Method Acting
Later Event: March 2
The Writers' Club