Il 1599 e l'anno in cui Tristano, grazie ad Arlecchino
, raggiunge il successo in patria: ottiene infatti da Vincenzo I Gonzaga "la nomina a sovrintendente dei comici e ciarlatani per tutti i territori gonzagheschi" tramutandosi cosi, paradossalmente, in controllore e garante dell'ordine pubblico, "incarnazione amministrativa e sinistra del re della 'masnada' infernale" (132-33).
I admit to guesswork about the Arlecchino
who appears in these sources since he is, literally, manifested only in disguises, inversions, doubles, and a whirlwind of illusory roles assumed in the interests of transformation.
8) Henekin or Hellekin was originally a semidemonic figure, sometime comic devil, sometime king of the fairies, who eventually became the famous Arlecchino
of the commedia dell'arte; see Allardyce Nicoll, Masks, Mimes, and Miracles: Studies in Popular Theatre (London: George G.
A huge amount of fun is to be had by both the actors and their audience, as Arlecchino
, that 'knave of ribaldry' (Commedia Plays, B.
represents a happy and mischievous comic servant whose love for Colombina is superseded only by his desire for food and fear of his master.
, Servant of Two Masters, Freud Playhouse, UCLA through Oct.
Meanwhile, Pulcinella evolved into that seaside favourite Mr Punch, while Arlecchino
became the British Harlequin.
Although the impression may persist that such 'popular' performance techniques exhaust their social relevance at the point of entertainment, Vsevelod Meyerhold argued: 'The mask enables the spectator to see not only the actual Arlecchino
before him but all the Arlecchinos
who live in his memory.
Next we hear about Tristano Martinelli, an actor whose athletic virtuosities, stunts, and buffoonery made of Arlecchino
a lasting type.
a) Morgans (b) Aldos or Ristorante Arlecchino
for Italian food.
His one-act parody opera, Arlecchino
, however, with its debt to the commedia dell'arte (the Italian side of Busoni), is a gem of wit and benevolent satire.
provided in its Zani and Arlecchino
the only permissible safety valve for both rulers and ruled" (21, 203, 209-16).