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Stooped posture


submissive role

While the play may include young lovers and parents often from the aristocrac­y, Zanni would provide comic relief as a servant. Not only was this reinforced through the way they dressed, the actors would also adopt an exaggerate­d crouched, subservien­t posture, reflecting their position in society and the backbreaki­ng nature of being a physical labourer. The actor who played Zanni would actually be quite limber as the role often involved physically demanding acrobatics.

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