THE DELL’ARTE COMPANY
The Dell’Arte Company has been at the forefront of the ensemble theatre movement for 40 years. Employing and revitalizing traditional physical theatre forms to explore contemporary concerns, Dell’Arte has created more than 45 award-winning original works and has toured regionally and internationally, performing from rural communities like Forks of Salmon to international festivals in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, Croatia, Hungary and France. Always exploring the work of the actor-creator, Dell’Arte has devised highly experimental touring pieces such as Paradise Lost, adapted and directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone, as well as imaginative original family theatre such as Alice In Wonderland and The Fish In My Head, and large-scale ‘theatre of place’ spectacles at its annual summer Mad River Festival. The 2012 summer hit, Mary Jane: The Musical, explored through song the light and dark sides of California’s marijuana ‘green rush,’ and is now a feature film, Mary Jane: A Musical Potumentary.
Many of the Company’s original works, such as Three Trees and the annual original holiday show, are ensemble-devised. But DAC has also nurtured the playwrights in its own ensemble, such as Lauren Wilson, Joan Schirle, Michael Fields and Zuzka Sabata, and adapted classics such as Peer Gynt, in collaboration with the Jomfru-Ane Theatre of Denmark. This production, directed by Michael Fields, played Minneapolis and New York prior to opening the Jomfru Ane ’06 season in Aalborg, Denmark. In 2009 the Company premiered Inverted Alba: A Fable & Roundelay After Images of Garcia Lorca, directed by Ronlin Foreman. Joan Schirle’s Elisabeth’s Book premiered in 2014, and along with Mary Jane: The Musical and Three Trees, is available for booking. Punctual Folly , Lauren Wilson’s experimental clown film short with Foreman, Fields and Schirle is viewable here.
The Dell’Arte Company is known internationally for its dazzling level of performing artistry and unique sense of theatricality. DAC is also acclaimed for its teaching residencies in physical performance styles, having developed a dynamic contemporary acting approach in which body, voice, and point of view celebrate the work of the actor/creator.
Check out our 40-year Production History.