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A lecture on Italian Commedia dell’Arte with Deepal Doshi



A lecture on Italian Commedia dell’Arte with Deepal Doshi

Commedia dell’arte is an Italian form of physical theatre, which uses masks as the primary medium of playing characters and physical comedy as the underlying genre to communicate a virtuosic story-telling. The workshop by Deepal Doshi aims to introduce students to the world of masks and teach them the principles and techniques of mask work. Doshi, together with Katherine Doshi and Yuki Ellias, will also act scenes from It’s Not Waht You Tihnk!
Doshi conducts workshops and master classes for acting professionals as well as students in US, Sweden, India and Indonesia. He added, “There is a lot of relevance of 16th century Commedia dell’arte to a 20th century India through the exploration of archetypes and their dynamic relationship in society."
The actor-creator and director should know what he’s saying, given his training in Grotowsky-based Physical Theatre from Vårdinge by Folkhögskola, Sweden, and Dell’Arte International School Of Physical Theatre, California, in devising original ensemble works and studying forms like Commedia Dell’Arte, melodrama and tragedy.
It’s Not Waht You Tihnk, written and directed by him, received a standing ovation at Centrestage, where it premiered. The play looked at a bank heist by bumbling thieves, an off-key classical music performance, lovers spurned and reunited, cooks whipping up a storm, obedient servants and braggarts — all in one evening of fast-paced, physical humour that knocked audiences off their seats laughing. The frenzied performance of Commedia dell’arte sketches with characters and stories drew from both, classic Italian form and everyday Indian society.


Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Time: At 11:00 am

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Mumbai

In collaboration with : Università di Mumbai

Entrance : Free


Marshall Hall, J. Nehru Library - University of Mumbai