Workshop on Commedia dell’Arte
by Claudia Contin Arlecchino (actress) and Luca Fantinutti (musician)

From Monday 6th to Friday 10th April 2020
At Virgil Flonda Studio, Sibiu (RO)
Work time: (to be defined)
5 days (3h per day) Total: 15h


Claudia Contin Arlecchino


All theatre is based on the archetyps of the Commedia dell’Arte Tradition, Claudia Contin Arlecchino and Luca Fantinutti transfer the traditional artform into a contemporary physical theatre with masks and music.



The masks of the Commedia dell’Arte have anthropological, animalistic and zoomorphic aspects. Their behavior is full of instinctive and amplified movements. Through the reconstruction of the masks’ behavior, the workshop proposes the learning of the ancient comic actor’s art. Through the rich Italian gestures and the ancient tradition of medieval saltimbanchi, It is based the professionalism of the Renaissance comedians. Also in the Third Millennium the Masks lesson offers us continuous inspirations for new forms of contemporary theatre.

The Masks and their grotesque appearance can be dedicated also to the noble arts of music and singing. Hunger and love are the themes that unite the folk tales of all Europe with the farces of the ancient Commedia dell’Arte. Grotesque and poetry are united by the journey of their protagonists. For centuries masks, singers, musicians and acrobats carry folk crafts and cultured poetry through the streets of Europe. And music accompanies this happy journey of culture even in the Third Millennium..



The program of the workshop, calibrated on the monograph course, includes:

1) Pre-heating of the grotesque physical deformations of the Commedia dell’Arte

2) The Neutral Body and the Character slices of the human body

3) Physical behavior of some of the main archetypes of the Commedia dell’Arte

4) Actor training in the Commedia dell’Arte, rhythms and choreographies

5) Personalization of the relationship between body, face and mask

6) Tips and experiments for grotesque use in contemporary theater

7) Singing and music in the Commedia dell’Arte

8) Techniques for parades and street performances with masks and musical instruments



Claudia Contin Arlecchino is an Italian actress, director, stage designer, figurative artist and theatre teacher, writer of essays and author of theatrical texts published in several languages. She is note in the world as being the first woman to reinterpret the male character of Harlequin, one of the most intriguing characters in the Commedia dell’Arte. With continuity since 1987, she is also the only one in Europe to build all her Masks and those for her Company, as it is still only in the East. Claudia Contin Arlecchino is the creator and curator of the new technique for the Contemporary Theater called Tragedia dell’Arte (Tragedy of Art), inspired by contemporary art by Egon Schiele. The career of Claudia Contin Arlecchino has developed in particular through numerous study travels around the world, coupled with her professional tours. During her travels to India, Indonesia, China, Africa, South America, Russia, Europe, she met many of the great masters of theatre, dance and martial arts. Thanks to her many years of preparation and experience, she has a well-established international reputation, from Europe to Russia, from Mediterranean to Africa, from the Far East to South America, especially for the anthropological rigor of her behavioral research in situations of “Performance” (in theater, dance, voice and singing) that makes her a “Master”, required in Italy and abroad, both for the training of professionals and for the cultural training of the audience.


Workshop leaders: Actress Claudia Contin Arlecchino and musician Luca Fantinutti

Contact: Ramona Hristea; +0040/731909331