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Harlequin

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Young lover of Columbine in the English harlequinade. His name, though not his status, derives from the Arlecchino of the commedia dell'arte, where he was one of the quick-witted,...

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Harlequinade

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Commedia dell'arte ballet in two acts with choreography by Balanchine, music by Drigo, and design by Ter-Arutunian. Premiered 4 Feb. 1965 by New York City Ballet at New York State Theater...

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Pantalone

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One of the stock characters, or ‘masks’, of the commedia dell'arte, from which is derived the Pantaloon of the English harlequinade. In both capacities he retained his place in the ...

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Zanni

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Term used to describe collectively the servant masks of the commedia dell' arte; the equivalent English term is zany. Among them are Arlecchino, Pantalone, and (later) Columbina, the...

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