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Elena Cervellati

Associate Professor

Department of the Arts

Academic discipline: L-ART/05 Performing Arts

Curriculum vitae

Elena Cervellati, Ph. D., is Associate Professor at the Arts Department of the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna, where she teaches "Dance History" and "Theories and Poetics of Dance".

 

She earned her Ph.D. in Theatrical and Cinematographic Studies with a dissertation on Théophile Gautier and the "danse pour la danse". Elements of poetics and ideology of the dancing body in the XIX century ballet through the writings of an “organic” intellectual, under the direction of Eugenia Casini Ropa, while developing as a Research fellow the project Theories and techniques of planning, creation, organization and documentation of performing arts as regards to theatrical dance.

 

Actually she's curator of the European branch of Kazuo Ohno Archives, an institution connected with the Performing Arts Departmental Library and dedicated to the Japanese dancer who, together with Tatsumi Hijikata, created butoh dance. From 2010 she organizes the dance section of the theatrical season of the Centro La Soffitta, of the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna. She head, with Elena Randi (Università di Padova) the research magazine “Danza e ricerca. Laboratorio di studi, scritture, visioni” (http://danzaericerca.unibo.it), established by Eugenia Casini Ropa.

 

She's author of the books La danza in scena. Storia di un'arte dal Medioevo a oggi(Bruno Mondadori, 2009) and Théophile Gautier e la danza. La rivelazione del corpo nel balletto del XIX secolo (CLUEB, 2007), of the book-interview Abbondanza/Bertoni (L'Epos, 2005) and she's a regular contributor to dance and performing arts journals and collected essays books, writing mainly about the dancing body in XIX century and the forms of contemporary theatrical dance, especially in Italy.

 

She has presented several papers in national and internationa conferences, such as “Gli sponsali controversi. Musica e danza nel convito delle arti”, organizzato dal Festival MITO e dall’Università di Torino, 17 settembre 2018; "Danza e ballo a Napoli: un dialogo con l’Europa (1806-1861)", organizzato dall'Associazione AIRDanza e da Fondazione Pietà De' Turchini (Napoli, 9-11 novembre 2017); "Articuler danse et poème. Enjeux conttemporains" (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 12-14 ottobre 2017); "Lo scandalo del teatro / Théâtre et scandale (XVI-XXI sec.) (Bologna-Modena, 22-24 ottobre 2015); "Tradition, translation, transformation" (Bologna, 5 e 6 maggio 2014); "La ricerca sulla danza tra Francia e Italia: approcci, metodi e oggetti di studio" (Nice-Torino, 2-6 aprile 2014); “Liliana Merlo e le pioniere della nuova danza in Italia” (Università degli studi di Teramo, 2012); "Identità italiana e civiltà globale all'inizio del Ventunesimo secolo" (Università Eötvos Loránt, Budapest, 2011); “La meraviglia e la paura. Il fantastico nel teatro europeo (1750-1950)” (Università degli studi di Verona, Verona, 2011); “Danza e teatro. Storie, poetiche, pratiche e prospettive di ricerca” (Università di Bologna, 2009); “Pas de mots: dalla letteratura alla danza” (Università di Verona, Verona, 2008); “Repenser pratique et théorie” (Centre National de la Danse, Paris, 2007); “L'Italia e la danza” (AIRDanza/EADH, Roma, 2006); “The Current State of Dance Archives” (Kazuo Ohno Festival 2005, Yokohama, Japan, 2005).

 

She has conducted public meetings with artists, including Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni, Silvana Barbarini, Simona Bertozzi, Paola Bianchi, Monica Casadei, Enzo Cosimi, Bill T. Jones, Beatrice Libonati, Michela Lucenti, Valeria Magli, Maguy Marin, Cristiana Morganti, Cristina Rizzo, Virgilio Sieni, Roberto Zappalà.

 

In 2002 she's become a member of AIRDanza (Italian association of dance scholars) and she was a member of the board of directors from 2004 until 2010. Sh's also member of SDHS (Society of Dance History Scholars) from 2015.

From 1997 to 2002 she has been the manager of the Italian dance company Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni.