The following styles that are integral in the curriculum of The Commedia School are now available as short individual courses for those who do not have the time to take the complete two-year course of study. Here is a description of each course and the dates available.
The Play, Spontaneity and Masks
3 month intensive: 5th September – 2th December 2022
3 months intense workshop with Melo-drama, Tragedy, Shakespeare ending with Buffoon
19. September to 19. December 2022
Melodrama: Melodrama has a bad name in theatre circles even though it is tremendously popular in film and TV the world over. Melodrama emerged in the mid 19th century as an art form addressing the social and economic circumstances of the time. The similar circumstances we face today make melodrama a very relevant theatre form. During this study the students discover what makes this style alive on stage and relevant to the lives of today’s public. They also develop the movement skills unique to melodrama and vital to making the style come alive. The study of melodrama explores that dramatic territory that lies between farce and tragedy touching both at opposite extremes – the comic and the tragic. Working as an ensemble, the students discover how they can move the public’s emotions between these extremes by studying those demands particular to the melodramatic space.
Tragedy: Important aspects of tragedy are the chorus and the tragic space. During the study of tragedy, the students develop a fundamental understanding of the chorus. They can then transpose that phenomenon to the other styles, enriching their broader work. The tragic space, being very particular and a dominant aspect of this style, gives the students an immediate sense of the spatial demands of a particular style. These particular demands are discovered in movement, voice and text.
Buffoon: The Buffoon is the more intelligent cousin of the clown. The difference between the buffoon and the clown, is that the clown is alone while the buffoon is part of a gang. Another key difference is that we make fun of the clown, while the buffoon makes fun of us. Many aspects of the buffoon relate directly to other styles. The tragic space, the fantastic level of play, the foolish logic, and the direct contact with the public are part of the buffoon’s playbook. This study reveals to the students how different styles can be used in the same piece. Students discover how to confront the public about sensitive current social issues in a manner that is effective and yet not destructive. The theatrical study of the buffoon is a study of human folly touching both the tragic and comic extremes. During this study, the students discover another aspect of the stock character, the grotesque aspect.
Includes a 5-day workshop (22-26. Oct) with Royhart theatre voice coach Ulrik Barfod.
Time: 19. September till 19. December 2022
Price: 30.000 DKK (4.000 Euro). If you have taken more modules, there will be a reduction.
Clown and Storytelling
3 month intensive: February – May 2023
The Clown – the art of failing