Tony Kishawi will run a series of workshops with Sunshine Coast actors and staff and students from Montessori International College (MIC). The workshops will run over two weekends culminating in a final performance for Primary College students as part of the MIC Creative Arts program and providing an opportunity for students to see their peers and staff members giving it a go on stage. Commedia dell’Arte is a traditional theatrical style performance using 16th-century Italian masks. The masks release inhibition, providing a wonderful opportunity for the actors to energetically perform a combination of slapstick comedy and audience interaction. In 2020, Commedia dell’Arte realises the potential of talented performers already within the MIC community.
The cultural association SAT has proclaimed February 25th, the annual, worldwide COMMEDIA DELL’ ARTE DAY! On February 25, in cities around the world, theatre companies, scholars, students, and audiences will celebrate Commedia dell’Arte with shows, conferences, lectures, and workshops. This worldwide celebration is proclaimed by the cultural association SAT in support of SAT’s appeal to the nation of Italy and to the United Nations (UNESCO) to recognize Commedia dell’Arte as an official piece of “World Cultural Heritage.” At present, a variety of indigenous art forms including theatre traditions such as Noh and Kabuki are recognized by UNESCO, but Commedia dell’Arte, a living tradition whose influence and importance is undeniable in the history of world theatre, has not yet been recognized. For information on how to get involved, visit www.commediadellarteday.org.