A DAY IN THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
A special children’s workshop of Italian Renaissance Instruments, music , dance and Theatre of the Commedia dell’Arte:
The actors will explain the Italian Renaissance history, talking about the painters, art, sculptures, explorers, music and theatre. The musicians will demonstrate instruments as recorders, viola, violin renaissance guitar, will demonstrate the masked character of the comical Renaissance theatre of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Don Giovanni and the woman Ricciulina, they will teach the song with gestures typical of the Commedia character entitled Ricciulina, and the popular Renaissance dance tarantella del ‘600.
Also available for schools is the children’s production of : THE ADVENTURES OF DON GIOVANNI AND HIS SERVANT ARLECCHINO" comic opera based on a 16th century Neapolitan Commedia dell'Arte manuscript, the play features the hilarious shenanigans of Pulcinella, his fiancee "Ricciulina", a servant who falls instead for his master Don Giovanni, and the servant Arlecchino, Ricciulina’s brother, who favors his sister match with the wealthy Don Giovanni rather than Pulcinella. As in the opera, Don Giovanni is punished in the end when he meets a ghost (giant puppet) and he’s taken to hell by the devil in a "dance macabre" This opera is featured at the CARAMOOR workshops, where children are inviteed to join singing and dancing the Tarantella with the "irresistible" Ricciulina.