Il-Klassi tas-Surmast: Claudia Contin Arlecchino

By Claudia Contin

Lectures, masterclasses, and performances by an Arlecchino - how does that sound? Teatru Malta is hosting the Flagship Event for the UNESCO World Day for Commedia dell'Arte. For this occasion Teatru Malta invited world-acclaimed Commedia Dell’Arte master Claudia Contin. She will be sharing her knowledge on Commedia Dell’Arte throughout the whole weekend, in collaboration with SAT, The Department of Theatre Studies - University of Malta, and ZARARTI Malta Cultural Association.

23-26 Feb 2018
Robert Samut Hall

“It’s always good to learn. We would like to have a Masterclass every year where we bring in an artist or international group with an excellent reputation. We are not a school, therefore we collaborate with entities like the University, and offer the public fruits of this collaboration”.

Ticket Info

Performances Tickets

Two Show Block Ticket • €30

Two Show Block Ticket for Concessions • €20

One Show Ticket • €20

One Show Block Ticket for Concessions • €15

One Show StudentTicket • €5



Creative Team

Claudia Contin Arlecchino 

Known and loved in the whole world as Arlecchino, is actually the first woman that plays exclusively since 1987 the male role of one of the most famous masks of the italian Commedia dell’Arte. After attending the School by Alessandra Galante Garrone in Bologna and the Workshop by the Teatro a l’Avogaria, she founded together with Ferruccio Merisi, the Scuola Sperimentale dell’Attore in 1990 in Pordenone, where she has the fundamental role of director of didactical programs. She received the Prize “Adelaide Ristori 2005”, as “Best Contemporary Actress”; in fact she engages herself in contemporary and experimental Drama, besides Commedia dell’Arte. She wrote theatre plays and theorical essays translated in 4 languages. Together with Ferruccio Merisi she gained a sense for didactic, codification and transmission of theatrical “know how”. This makes of her a loved and renowned “Maestro”. As a support to the actor’s craft, she exercises in figuratives arts, being painter, grafic-performer and stage designer. She trained at the Istituto d’Arte in Udine and she graduated in Architecture in Venice, she holds personal exibitions since 1974. This activity strongly influenced her way to re-design the actor’s stage language. In this respect her most prominent experiment is the study on postures and movements extracted by Egon Schiele’s works, which lead her to many collaboration with musicians, figurative artists and intellectuals. For the Scuola Sperimentale dell’Attore she directs also the “Progetto Sciamano”, devoted to Theatre of Differences and to Social Theatre. Writer, collaborator and actress in many performances of her Company, her repertoire is rich with her solo plays, some already 20 years old.

Production Team

Masterclass Director: Claudia Contin Arlecchino

Co-Producer: ZARARTI

Collaborators: Theatre Studies Department University of Malta

Manager: Mireille Estelle Camilleri


 If the general public is interested in these masterclasses kindly send an email to or call on 21220255


Wood and Leather Mask Making Workshops with Claudia Contin Arlecchino

Friday 23rd February at Malta Society of Arts, Valletta from 10.00 to 14.00hrs

Monday 26th February at Malta Society of Arts, Valletta from 10.00 to 14.00hrs

These workshops will be attended by MCAST performing Arts Students and are open to all performing arts practitioners.


Contemporary Commedia Dell’Arte Masterclasses with Claudia Contin Arlecchino

Saturday 24rd February at Robert Sammut Hall, Floriana

09.00 to 14.00

Sunday 25th February at Robert Sammut Hall, Foriana

09.00 to 14.00

These workshops will be attended by the University of Malta’s School of Performing Arts Students and are open to all performing arts practitioners.


Gli Abitanti di Arlecchinia

Saturday 24th February at 20.00 at Robert Samut Hall, Floriana  

Arlecchino e il suo Doppio

Sunday 25th February at 20.00 at Robert Samut Hall, Floriana

Public Debate

‘What is the role of Commedia Dell’Arte in today’s Society?’

Friday 23rd February at 19.30  at the Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Press Conference and Public Debate with a panel consisting of Claudia Contin Arlecchino, Luca Fantinotti, Professor Vicki Ann Cremona, Narcy Calamatta, and Luciano Brogi, moderated by Sean Buhagiar.


Il-Klassi tas-Surmast: Claudia Contin Arlecchino

Robert Samut Hall 23-26 Feb 2018