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date: 17 October 2019

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This paper focuses on “baroque theatricality” as a historical approach to the stage in the seventeenth century and its subsequent representation in theaters in the twenty-first century. What do actors do with the text? How do they give life to the words and implied gestures? The expression of human emotions (joy, fear, anger, despair, etc.) was codified by rhetorical gestures and tones of voice, while the makeup was a codified way of drawing the emotions on the skin. The relation among the actors, architectural space, and the audience gives a special meaning to the concept of dramatic illusion in this period, as this illusion was crafted by actors rather than theoreticians.

Keywords: Baroque, rhetoric, declamation, gestures, performance, audience, actors, make-up, stage, artifice

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