A form of theater characterized by masked “types” which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actress and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios.
The performers played on outside, temporary stages, and relied on various props (robbe) in place of extensive scenery.
The characters of the commedia usually represent fixed social types, stock characters, such as foolish old men, devious servants, or military officers full of false bravado. Characters such as Pantalone, the miserly Venetian merchant; Dottore Gratiano, the pedant from Bologna; or Arlecchino, the mischievous servant from Bergamo, began as satires on Italian “types” and became the archetypes of many of the favorite characters of 17th- and 18th-century European theatre.
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM / The most complicated and highly organized of the various systems which make up the human body. It is the mechanism concerned with the correlation and integration of various bodily processes and the reactions and adjustments of the organism to its environment. In addition the cerebral cortex is concerned with conscious life.
THE BRAIN / constitutes the upper, greatly expanded part of the central nervous system.
ORGANS OF THE SENSES / Senses are physiological capacities of organisms that provide data for perception.
MUSCULAR SYSTEM / An organ system consisting of skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscles. It permits movement of the body, maintains posture, and circulates blood throughout the body. The muscular system in vertebrates is controlled through the nervous system, although some muscles (such as the cardiac muscle) can be completely autonomous.
I have a thing for circus these days. Maybe because life makes me feel like a tightrope walker sometimes – trying to find the right balance – or a clown – smiling and trying hard to send positive energy.
But enough with metaphores, I find circus inspiring with its colourful costumes, spectacular tricks, exotic bestiary and lively posters. Don’t you?