78050 - History of the New Theatre (1)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

History of the New Theatre

At the end of the course:

- students will possess the historical, theoretical and methodological fundamentals in order to understand the experiences that characterize the history of the New Theatre from the middle of the twentieth century;

- they will know the different forms of the performing arts;

- they will develop analytical skills in expressive languages, economic and organizational patterns, social and cultural contexts;

- they will be able to organize bibliographic and documentary materials;

- they will be able to develop critical exegeses of performing texts.

Course contents

The first part of the course will analyze the definition of “New Theatre” and the main experiences that have contribuited to the rethinking of expressive forms and professional practices from the second half of the twentieth century, marking a break with the past and affirming the “New” as a value in itself.

The monographic part of the course, open to the contribution of the students, will investigate contemporary theatre experiences, with particular reference to theatrical generations of the third millennium. Areas related to Theatre of the Real and new forms of political theatre will be taken into account (Emma Dante, Teatro Sotterraneo, Babilonia Teatri and the young artists emerging from Premio Scenario).

The 6 CFU course consists of 1 module corresponding to 30 hours of teaching


Attending students (70% of attendance in class):

1. L. Mango, La scrittura scenica. Un codice e le sue pratiche nel teatro del Novecento, Roma, Bulzoni (only the following part: Capitolo I. Fondamenti teorici e coordinate storiche – paragrafo 1. La scrittura scenica come oggetto teorico, pp. 13-47).

2. M. De Marinis, Il nuovo teatro. 1947-1970, Milano, Bompiani. Alternatively, those who could not obtain this text, will bring the book by L. Mango, La scrittura scenica, in full.

3. C. Valenti, Scenari del terzo millennio. L'osservatorio del Premio Scenario sul giovane teatro, Corazzano, Titivillus. The book is available at: Libreria di Cinema Teatro e Musica, via Mentana 1 Bologna.

4. Lectures notes and dossiers of readings provided by the teacher during the lessons.

No-attending students will replace point 4 with a text chosen from the following:

b. S. Casi, Per un teatro pop. La lingua di Babilonia Teatri, Corazzano, Titivillus.

c. E. Castellani, V. Raimondi, Almanacco. I testi di Babilonia Teatri, introduzione di Cristina Valenti, Corazzano, Titivillus.

d. Lanteri (a cura di), Iperscene 2. Teatro Sotterraneo, Sonia Brunelli, Ambra Senatore, Muta Imago, Pathosformel, Babilonia Teatri, Dewey Dell, Roma, Editoria & Spettacolo.

Teaching methods

Front lessons, open to the contribution of the students, with audiovisual projections.

Meetings with artists and theatre professionals are planned.

Students will also be invited to the vision of theatre performances which will be discussed in class.

Assessment methods

Attending students will face audits in progress through the course, consisting in analyzing shows that were seen in class or theatre, and also face an oral inteview. During the interview the critical knowledge of lecture topics and reference materials will be evaluated .

No-attending students will sit the oral interview aimed at verifying the critical knowledge of the bibliographical material.

The achievement of an organic vision of the issues addressed during the classes, the ownership of a mastery of expression and specific language, the capability of guidance within the reference materials will be assessed with marks of excellence. Mechanical or mnemonic knowledge of matter, poorly articulating and not always appropriate language will lead to discrete assessments. Training gaps, inappropriate language, minimal knowledge of the material will lead to votes that will not exceed the sufficiency. Training gaps, inappropriate language, lack of guidance within the reference materials will lead to failed assessments.

Teaching tools

Video projections.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Cristina Valenti