CPLS02E02 Commedia

How’s Commedia Going To Change The World?

A panel of experienced practitioners discuss; what is Commedia? What makes Commedia special? Is it political or just entertainment? can Comedia save the World?
Chaired by Olly Crick

Dublin: Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 21:00
New York: Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 16:00
Los Angeles: Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 13:00
Melbourne: Thursday, 30th April 2020, 06:00
Beijing: Thursday, 30th April 2020, 04:00

***There are only 100 tickets to the live event***

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Also live streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Who’s who?

Olly Crick:

Olly has been a juggler in Covent Garden, a circus trainer at Fooltime, an FE teacher in Hereford, and taught Commeida at RADA, LAMDA and the Guildford School of Acting . He has co-authored a book on Commedia, co-edited ‘The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte’ and recently gained a PhD in it too. He has performed with the Unfortunati and The Fabulous Lancashire revels. He was lucky enough to perform one year at Venice Carnival under Carlo Boso. He ran The Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Company between 2004 and 2014, touring Commedia to community venues in Gloucestershire. He believes that every County of City should have its own Commedia troupe, performing comedy about local issues with locally recognizable comic types.  


Chiara D’Anna

Chiara is a director, performer and movement specialist. As Artistic Director at Panta Rei Theatre her mission is to inspire, challenge and entertain her audiences with humour, irony and striking imagery. Her productions are a unique mix of physical theatre, dark surreal comedy, political satire and a contemporary ‘reinterpretation’ of the Masks of Commedia dell’Arte. She has a PhD on the legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Postdramatic Theatre. She teaches at Rose Bruford College, RADA, East 15 Acting School, Goldsmiths University and the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.


Ole Brekke

Founder/Director of The Commedia School, Copenhagen. Previously director of Nordic Buffoons.


Anna Cottis:

Artistic Director, Les Ouvriers de Joie. A commedia performer, writer, teacher and director for over 20 years and ex-circus clown. She teaches grommelot at Carlo Boso’s school in the Paris area.

https://annacottis.com/ https://ouvriersdejoie.org/

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation €4. You could think of it as buying Dave a coffee and a piece of cake. 

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