Performing Arts and Media (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Simona Brunetti
Simona Brunetti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 1A, Sem 1B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to present the theories and to provide the tools for the study of the relationship between performing arts and media, that is to say the technologies used to construct, fix, transmit, enjoy and comment one single performance or more and all its various components from the antiquity to the digital age. At the end of the course the students will be able to:
- understand the many possible interactions between media and performing arts;
- analyze the cultural, social and ideological aspects underneath them;
- compose on their own short written papers on a piece of performance;
- acquire the ability to improve their knowledge in time.


A basic knowledge of the key concepts of the discipline. Useful reading: Luigi Allegri, Luigi Allegri, "Prima lezione sul teatro", Laterza, 2012.

Course content
The course aims to address issues related to the interpretation of the actor and the preparation of some shows, linked to the Italian tradition, through the analysis of the testimonies left in television videos, audio recordings or digital movies. The period of main interest will be concentrated in the second part of the twentieth century, from about 1968 to 1999.

1. Lecture notes and in-depth materials. Non-attending students will integrate the bibliography with the study of: Luigi Allegri, "Invito a teatro", Laterza, 2018.
2. Critical analysis of passages chosen by "Kean, o genio e sregolatezza" taken from the versions of Dumas, Sartre and Gassman-Lucignani.
3. Study of the dramas: Pirandello, "The pleasure of honesty"; Bontempelli, "Nostra Dea"; Vondel, "Lucifer"; (Photocopies).
4. Study of the related interpretative essays: Studio dei relativi saggi interpretativi: S. Brunetti, "Il 'Kean' di Vittorio Gassman 'inquadrato' da Francesco Rosi, in "Francesco Rosi. Il cinema e oltre", Mimesis, 2019, pp. 225-238; S. Brunetti, "Il salotto della tortura in un cielo magrittiano: 'Il piacere dell’onestà' di Pirandello-Puggelli", in "Prigioni e Paradisi. Luoghi scenici e spazi dell’anima nel teatro moderno", Esedra, 2011, pp. 185-196; S. Brunetti, "La divina donna-manichino di Massimo Bontempelli", in "Teatri di figura. La poesia di burattini e marionette fra tradizione e sperimentazione", Edizioni di Pagina, 2014, pp. 49-61; S. Brunetti, "Dal cielo ai bassifondi. Il primo allestimento italiano del 'Lucifer' di Vondel per la regia di Antonio Syxty (1999)", in "Tra Venezia e Saturno. Storia, drammaturgia e poesia per Paolo Puppa", Titivillus, 2017, pp. 88-97.
5. "Estetica dello spettacolo e dei media", LED, 2012.
6. Luigi Allegri (a cura di), "Il teatro e le arti. Un confronto fra linguaggi", Carocci, 2017.

Teaching methods
Lectures alongside the analysis of sources of various kinds (archive documents, iconography, theatrical performances, films, video fragments, audio, etc.). Conferences, sources, readings and critical texts will be further specified during the course. Some materials, necessary for the preparation of the exam, will be made available by the teacher. The critical commentary of one of the theatrical or cinematographic adaptations analyzed during the lectures will be an integral part of the examination interview. A specific study bibliography is provided for ERASMUS students.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
AA.VV. Estetica dello spettacolo e dei media LED 2012
Luigi Allegri (a cura di) Il teatro e le arti. Un confronto fra linguaggi Carocci 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral interview with final evaluation expressed by a mark out of thirty. The questions proposed to the candidates will aim on the one hand to verify their learning of specific theoretical questions proposed by the texts in points 5 and 6, on the other hand to test the ability to analyze one of the dramas and performances proposed following the models offered in class.