Since 2004, Dr. Corinna Di Niro worked with school students, teachers, actors, community theatre groups and major theatre companies to create contemporary, dynamic performances in the Commedia dell’Arte style. She is also a choreographer, director, and performer of a number of theatre/movement forms and enjoy collaborating with others to create vivid theatre experiences.
Corinna taught and performed in South America, North America, France, Italy, UK, Sweden and throughout Australia.
More information about her, her team and latest projects can be found at: www.commediaconcorinna.com
Practice-Led PhD in Commedia dell’Arte.
Teaching areas and Research interest: Commedia dell’Arte, European Theatre, Theatre History, Lecoq, Laban, Viewpoints, Effective Communication, Physical Theatre, Slapstick, Stage-Fighting, Voice, Clown, Comic duo, Arts Education, Arts Curriculum, Theories of Classic Theatre, Theories of Modern Theatre, Experimental Theatre, Human Movement, Intercultural Communication and the notion of identity and the self.
Corinna presented papers at a number of conferences locally and nationally regarding Commedia dell’Arte in Australia.
BLUEPRINT FOR COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE IN AUSTRALIA
What was Commedia dell’Arte? What is commedia dell’Arte? And more to the point, what might be considered Commedia dell’Arte in a contemporary Australian context?
The practice and education of Commedia dell’Arte in Australia is vast, with companies and schools taking a mixture of approaches. Do we reconstruct what it might have looked like to its first audience? Do we translated it to suit audiences where Commedia dell’Arte is not part of their day-to-day culture?
Despite how it is approached, Commedia dell’Arte has its place in Australia: as part of the curriculum and as part of the repertoire of independent and established theatre companies.
As part of the flagship event for Commedia Day 2017, this conference seeks to “write” the blueprint for Commedia dell’Arte in Australia
Commedia dell’Arte has a connection to the people, both performers and audience. It presents human frailties and exposes the essence of human life. It is comic, tragic, improvised, scripted and devised. Whether the mask is on or off, the costume is historical or modern; Commedia dell‘Arte essentially holds a mirror to society and pokes fun and the very audience paying to see it!
We aim to shed light in the work of Australia based practitioners, dispel myths and share ideas on how might we take Commedia dell’Arte out of the Italian “ghetto” and into a 21rst century Australian context.
COMMEDIA CON CORINNA
Commedia con Corinna is Adelaide’s most comprehensive Commedia dell’Arte theatre company.
Located in Adelaide, Commedia con Corinna is headed by researcher, director, actor and trainer Corinna Di Niro. Commedia con Corinna proudly performs and educates authentic Commedia dell’Arte, and investigates how it can be reinterpreted for contemporary times, whilst remaining respectful to the craft!
Drawing on specialising training of physicality from the 16th century troupes, blended with contemporary knowledge of slapstick and necessary modifications to suit a 21st century context, Commedia con Corinna infuses laban, lecoq, viewpoints and voice study with Commedia dell’Arte, comic duo, contact improvisation and acrobatics to shape workshops and performances.
Corinna’s current research & highlights
THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMOUR RESEARCH
SPITBALLING, SLAPSTICK, LAZZI AND IMPROVISATION: THE BENEFITS OF PRACTISING COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS (2015)