Commedia is a medieval form of highly improvisational satire, acrobatics, and low-ball farce. The Serial Players updates Commedia for the digital age.


For SIGGRAPH 2003 we created a performance space in which live audio was blended with cued pre-built animation bits or acrobatics (lazzi in Commedia) and real time character puppetry in improvised scenarios.

The combination of actor controlled puppets with the tumbling freeform style of commedia adds a new element to live mocap similar to the improvised machinima currently being done with the QuakeII engine mods [http://www.machinima.org/].
 
The application creates a platform for a synthesis of improvised live theatre in the traditional character of Commedia dell' Arte with the total freedom from physics and geopolitical reality that multi-user 3D provides.