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The Long Renaissance is my field of work, which takes constant effort, both professionally and mentally.

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La Città Ideale

This term refer to the historical period between the thirteenth and the eighteenth centuries; however, Renaissance is more commonly understood as the time between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when ’modernity’ began: as a school of thought, as a research method, as a vision of the world.

At the end of the fifteen century, along with the humanist movement of that period, we see the beginning of modern theatre (Humanist Comedy), followed by Professionalism in the thirties of the sixteenth century: Commedia dell’Arte was born.

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Teatro Palladio di Vicenza - Italy

Well, this is the key perspective to this world, this culture, through the theatrical disciplines born in that period, which are offered, researched, taught and produced today: that of a long, very Long Renaissance.

Personally, I do believe that Renaissance is still alive.

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Chrysler Tower Gargoyles - New York - USA

Today’s theatrical culture has a tendency to split into ’genres’ what, during the Renaissance, was the compulsory combination of essential components: even the crudest realism had to imply a touch of ’absurdity’; my aim is to combine once again what has been conceptually split, with the pleasure and wisdom we inherit from that extraordinary period.

Commedia dell’Arte, Humanist Commedia first, gradually followed by the Baroque and the Commedia in the Age of Enlightenment, is theatre. Pure, simply pure, theatre. It is the realm of the actor, there to serve his one and only master: the audience.

Antonio Fava