History of the Theatre and Entertainment (i) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Nicola Pasqualicchio
Nicola Pasqualicchio
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Sem 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the students with the basic methodological tools that are required to understand and analyze: 1. the relationships between performative arts and visual arts in the fields of iconography and stage design; 2. the mutual influences between theatre and art; 3. the presence of performative or theatrical elements in contemporary art.


The course will be divided into two parts. The first one will consist mainly of a concise theoretical analysis of the different kinds of relationships between performing and visual arts. The examples will especially refer to Ancient Greece, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and XIXth century. The second part will focus on the theme of the “artificial performer” between theatre, dance and art in early XXth century, from Futurism to Bauhaus.
Renzo Guardenti, Teatro e arti figurative, in Luigi Allegri (a cura di), Il teatro e le arti. Un confronto tra linguaggi, Roma, Carocci 2017, pp. 43-92;
Silvana Sinisi, Cambi di scena. Teatro e arti visive nelle poetiche del Novecento, Roma, Bulzoni 1995 (fino a p. 207);
Renzo Guardenti (a cura di), Sguardi sul teatro: saggi di iconografia teatrale, Bulzoni, Roma 2008 (the whole book for non-attending students, only 3 essays for attending students).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Silvana Sinisi Cambi di scena (Edizione 1) Bulzoni 1995 8871198530
Luigi Allegri Il teatro e le arti (Edizione 1) Carocci 2017 9788843088225
Renzo Guardenti Sguardi sul teatro: saggi di iconografia teatrale (Edizione 1) Bulzoni 2007 8878702781

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.
The exam will verify the students' knowledge of the topics covered in the course and the skill to recognize and analyze the different kinds of relationship between performative and figurative languages.

Due to the covid emergency, the examination method (face-to-face or remote) will be established and communicated at the appropriate times on the basis of governmental and rectoral decrees.