Little Opera in words, Lazzi and Music in the style of the Neapolitan Commedia dell'arte. A real deal: an original performance with an internationally acclaimed Italian master, Antonio Fava.
Premiered in Brisbane in 2010, the performance presents 13 authentic Italian Comedia scenerarios centered around the famous character, Pulcinella. Pulcinella is one of the typical characters of Commedia dell'Arte, one of the over two hundred variations of ‘zanni II’, the 'foolish servant'. Pulcinella in this sense, is only a name just as ‘Arlecchino’, Franceschina, ‘Truffaldino’, ‘Traccagnino’, ‘Tabacchino’, Zagna, Zezza, and so on are simply other names for ‘zanni II’.
Thanks to this immensely human "boor", filthy, character, urbanized in Naples from the countryside, ugly, ignorant, lazy, jealous, greedy, hungry of maccarune and love, Commedia, the Mask and Improvisation will never will loose its relevance.
Fava's character is also superstitious. Pulcinella, Donna Zezza, Tartaglia and all the characters involved in the stories are confronted with the crossing - a single, quick, scary crossing - of a black cat, that shakes their existence like an earthquake for the entire play. The consequences won't exclude any of humanity's greatest themes: Fear, Starvation, Love, Survival, Life ... Death - with a happy ending of course.
Excellent and, no doubt authentic resource for teaching Commedia dell arte.