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com·me·dia dell'ar·te

 (kə-mā′dē-ə dĕl-är′tē, -tĕ, -mĕd′ē-ə)
A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries and characterized by improvisation from a standard plot outline and the use of stock characters, often in traditional masks and costumes.

[Italian : commedia, comedy + dell'arte, of the guild, professional (from arte, art, craft, guild).]
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commedia dell'arte

(Italian kɔmˈmeːdia delˈlarte)
(Theatre) a form of popular comedy developed in Italy during the 16th to 18th centuries, with stock characters such as Punchinello, Harlequin, and Columbine, in situations improvised from a plot outline
[Italian, literally: comedy of art]
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com•me•dia dell'ar•te

(kəˈmeɪ di ə dɛlˈɑr ti, -ˈɑr teɪ)

Italian popular comedy of the 16th through 18th centuries, in which masked actors improvised from plot outlines based on stock characters.
[1875–80; < Italian: literally, comedy of art]
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commedia dell'arte

Italian comedy characterized by the use of improvisation and masks.
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Noun1.commedia dell'arte - Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending
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The Commedia dell' Arte was a phenomenon of the early modern world that both exhibited and expressed its complexities, exoticisms, and quotidian realities.
2), and that he performed a commedia dell' arte sketch during a Carnival ball in Vienna in 1783 (p.
The commedia dell' arte approach emphasized the fairy-tale nature of this play, focusing on the archetypal loving fathers and young lovers.
This study examines diversity in mime terminology, major influences and solo performances, the philosophy and school of Dimitri, specialty acts, forms of mime, the historical connections to the Commedia dell' Arte, and an exploratory glossary of terms.
Examinations of the three authors' letters, diaries, and aesthetic treatises show how each responded critically to these traditions, developing their own understandings of what dance was and could be made to express in a text: each drew more widely on cultural traditions involving relatively unorthodox, subversive practices of movement such as the cancan and the performances of the commedia dell' arte. However, Ruprecht also employs contemporary theory to good effect, citing critics such as Judith Butler, who employ psychoanalytic theory and hence see the physical as an expression of the psychic: if the body plays an important role in subject formation, then the dancing body in text can also enact the suffering and imperfections of a subject's inner life (p.
But the wealthier households may well have displayed porcelain groups of the very commedia dell' arte figures which had appeared on the galanty show screen.