Enrico Bonavera, a student of Ferruccio Soleri with a background in experimental theatre at the Teatro di Ricerca (E. Barba and J. Grotowski), has been performing on stage for more than three decades. From 1987 to 1990 and then from 2000 until today, he played the role of Brighella and Arlecchino in Giorgio Strehler’s brilliant production Servitore di due padroni at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. He toured around the world with that masterpiece, including Europe, the USA and Canada, South America (Chile, Brazil, Ecuador), North Africa (Algeria, Egypt), and Asia (Japan, China). He has worked with many resident companies and independent theatres, as well as theatre companies. As an actor, he has been directed by Strehler, Lassalle, Sciaccaluga, Amelio, Battistoni, Sciaccaluga, Boso, Kerbrat, Friedel, Hertnagl, Gallione, Conte, Emiliani, Bartoli, Maifredi, Zecca. He has been collaborating as a teacher with the Scuola del Teatro Stabile di Genova since 1990. He has taught at the ENSATT in Lyon, at the European Summer School in S. Miniato, Pisa, at the Corsi di Formazione of the Teatro del Veneto, at the Centro Maschere in Abano Terme, directed by D. Sartori et al. Since 2004 he is adjunct professor at the DAMS of the University of Genoa. He has organized workshops at the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, at the University of Rio de Janeiro, at the University of Oslo, at the HKPA in Hong Kong, and at the Summer Campus of the New York University in Florence. He collaborates as a trainer with the Accademia di Commedia dell’Arte of Piccolo Teatro di Milano, directed by F. Soleri, at the Shapkin Theatre School in Moscow. In 1996 he won the supporting role award at the Borgio Verezzi Festival for his performance as Arlecchino in C. Goldoni I due gemelli veneziani. In 2007 he was honoured with the “Golden Arlequin” in Mantova - European City of Theatre, an award previously bestowed to Marcel Marceau, Dario Fo, Ferruccio Soleri, and Carolyn Carlson.
Workshop: “Discovering the Comic Character”
The string that ties together the New Comedy of Menander and the Commedia dell’Arte is not only their distinct use of the mask, but also the characters’ stylization. These aspects of the theatre rely on actors’ ability to observe and reproduce reality, as well as on specific techniques of pantomime (mime) and other physical techniques. Combining characteristics of human behaviour –levels of physical tension, expressive articulations of the body, different rhythms– that can be observed in everyday life, actors are able to create many different characters and enact them on stage. The programme will consist of physiognomic exercises on rhythm, walking (from animal to human and vice versa), different tension levels of human energy, expressive articulations of the body, creation of characters, as well as enactment of excerpts, analysis, and compositions drawing from the plays Epitrepontes and Dyskolos by Menander.