Laura Budriesi(PhD) is currently Junior assistant professor (fixed-term) in Performing Arts (Academic discipline: L-ART/05) at the Department of the Arts of the University of Bologna. Her teaching activities include "Scenography. Elements, Theory, History", she coordinates the "Theater Seminar", and collaborates with the chair of "History of Theater" and "Performing Arts" held by Prof. De Marinis. Her work is especially focused on the intersection of theater and anthropology, and it's particularly directed at the performative aspects of rituals. She is the author of two booksMichel Leiris. Il teatro della possessione e Michel Leiris sui palcoscenici della possessione. Etiopia e Haiti 1930-1983 e (Patron 2017) and ethnographic documentaries on ritual dance and possession cults, for which she has extensively researched in Mali and Ethiopia. Her other major interest is the topic of animality on stage, the Animal Performance Studies, for which she recently lectured at the Trinity College, Dublin.
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