Designed for an international audience, the city's renowned Teatro Goldoni is hosting the ‘Arlecchino Furioso'
Designed for an international audience, and inspired by the tradition of the ‘Commedia dell'Arte' , this must-see performance will be staged at one of Venice's oldest theatres. By Elena Peverata
Ten years after they were forced by fate to separate, a pair of lovers are reunited in Venice, where they rekindle their love. The driving force behind ‘Arlecchino Furioso', an original comedy written in the classical canon of the ‘Commedia dell'Arte' – an art form whose colours and masks have conveyed the vitality of popular tradition for more than four centuries – is love with a capital ‘L'.
The performance, currently showing at Venice's historical Teatro Carlo Goldoni with supertitles in French and English, offers audiences a unique experience.
While sitting on the stage, transformed into a Renaissance theatre, audiences will find themselves surrounded by props, pulleys and stage lights. The story of the two lovers, Leandro and Isabella, acts as a thread to the escapades of Arlecchino and the beautiful Romanella, the object of his desire and the reason for his insane jealousy. The story of their love, accompanied by the notes of an accordion, is presented on a small improvised stage set up amongst the audience, in the manner of olden-day Commedia dell'Arte performances.
Performed in a variety of languages and dialects, enhanced by the use of masks, costumes, duels, songs, music and pantomimes, ‘Arlecchino Furioso', the story of the amorous adventures of Venice's most famous mask, becomes universal to audiences of all nationalities.
And what better place to stage this performance than the Teatro Goldoni? Built in 1622, it played host for ten years to Carlo Goldoni, the famous comedy writer, who reformed the wellestablished Italian Commedia dell'Arte dramatic form by changing it from an improvised street performance into a structured play, giving dignity and character to Arlecchino, his most irreverent protagonist. >> Arlecchino Furioso
6 July-21 October
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Teatro Goldoni, San Marco 4650/ B (Calle del Teatro). www.teatrostabileveneto.it