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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students acquire a detailed knowledge of the components of the scenic space. They are able to interpret the corresponding textual and audio-visual sources and to apply the appropriate historiographic and critical categories. They are capable of analyzing the relational aspects connected to the different venues, forms and functions of the performative practices.

Course contents

The scenic space derives from the theatre culture and responds to its historical variations. When extended to the everyday places, its  function changes according to the related cultural and territorial contexts, which have an impact on the artistic working modes. In this regard, during the course, we will observe the forms of scenic space in relation to the concept of site-specificity in order to investigate the social relations, the processes of semantization and symbolization produced by the dance and theatre interventions in the urban and rural contexts, starting from a multidisciplinary crossing of the categories of space, place and landscape. A special focus will be dedicated to the contemporary choreographic practices, with reference to the "BOD/y+z generations" program related to the project "La città che danza - una comunità sotto I Portici" (2022-2023).


Rossella Mazzaglia, Dallo spazio ai paesaggi della performance contemporanea, Cue Press, Imola, forthcoming (available after February 2023).

Rossella Mazzaglia (a cura di), Corpo, spazio, luogo e paesaggio: sguardi multidisciplinari attorno alle arti performative, Dispensa Reader (available from march 2023).

Non attending students will add the following material:

1. Rossella Mazzaglia, Danza e Spazio, Mucchi, Modena, 2012.

2. Fabio Acca (a cura di), Scena anfibia e pratiche coreografiche del presente, numero monografico di “Culture Teatrali”, 21, 2021 (Introduzione di Fabio Acca e i saggi di Alessandro Pontremoli e Rossella Mazzaglia: pp. 9-34, 57-74).

3.  Videos: In prospettiva. Dialoghi sul teatro, a cura di Gerardo Guccini, Claudio Longhi, Rossella Mazzaglia: # 2 (Cristina Kristal Rizzo), # 5 (Virgilio Sieni), # 13 (Silvia Gribaudi).These videos are all available on YouTube.

Non attending students are students that miss more than 2 classes.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral exam.

Students are requested to identify artists and themes and to connect them to their historical, cultural and aesthetic context. They should prove to be able to make connections between the various sources.

Proper language and the ability to critically speak about the texts content will lead to a good/excellent final grade.

Acceptable language and the ability to resume the texts content will lead to a sufficient/fair grade.

Insufficient linguistic proficiency and fragmentary knowledge of the books' content will lead to a failure in passing the exam.

Teaching tools

During the classes, audio-visual sources and primary written, oral and media sources will be used. The e-learning page will also serve as a platform to share material and communications.

Office hours

See the website of Rossella Nancy Maria Mazzaglia