The Fo Project
Mistero Buffo and Other Stories
Exploring the work of Dario Fo and Franca Rame
June 1 - July 4, 2014
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*applications for this program are still being accepted and will be until all spaces are filled. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in applying past the deadline.
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This program is offered in partnership with the Paolo Grassi School in Milan and Civica Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe in Udine.
* The Summer 2014 project details are still to be announced.
This 3-year project cycle is organized in collaboration with the Paolo Grassi School
in Milan and Civica Accademia d'Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe
in Udine. The program offers artists, students and university groups the opportunity to analyze and work on Dario Fo's plays in their natural stage, the country where they were written. Participants will also have the unique chance to work with the Maestro and Nobel laureate himself.
Each summer, beginning in July 2013 and for the following two years, a group of actors will be chosen to participate in a two-week acting intensive focusing on the work of Dario Fo, Franca Rame and the Commedia dell'Arte. Participants will have the chance to work with students and master teachers from both the Accademia dell'Arte and the Paolo Grassi school. Dario Fo himself will participate in some classes as students will create a piece based on abstracts from the popular repertoire of Dario Fo and Franca Rame, including Mistero Buffo.
Through the study of the Grammelot - an ancient theatre language made of old regional dialects and foreign words - and an intense physical training based on the principles of the Commedia dell•Arte, participants will be able to understand and analyze the art of Storytelling.
Mistero Buffo and Other Stories was successfully performed in festivals such as: Avignone Off 2012, Mittelfest 2012, Giovani Realtà del Teatro di Udine 2012, le Vie dei Festival Roma 2012, Festival dei Beni Confiscati alla Mafia Milano 2012.
Summer 2013 Program Schedule:
Timetable from Monday through Friday, 2 weeks:
9.30 – 10am warm-up with Michele Bottini
10am – 12am technique for the use of body and voice in relation to the space
12am – 1pm personal studio time
1pm – 2pm lunch
2.30 – 3.30pm personal studio time
3.30 – 7pm rehearsal of solos and chorus stories
7.30 – 8.30 dinner
8.30 – 10.30 videos, lectures, talks
In the first year Dario Fo will join the group for half a day for a masterclass and talks.
Teachers are encouraged to recruit their own students to participate as a group. Those teachers who can coordinate a group of 4 or more will be invited to all rehearsals and classes as collaborative faculty. This program is an excellent opportunity for educators to work with Commedia and theatre practitioners in a collaborative environment.