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CFP - The role of theatre in contemporary society REMINDER

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Marco Valleriani <[log in to unmask]>

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Scholarly discussions in any field of Italian studies <[log in to unmask]>

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italian-studies: Scholarly discussions in any field of Italian studies

Apologies for cross posting.

International Conference
The role of theatre in contemporary society
University of Westminster, Regent Street, London, 14-15 May 2010

The conference will be an opportunity to celebrate and to explore new
topics. Hence the idea of a conference as eclectic as the world of theatre
can be: a two-day conference – introduced by a series of workshops on the
Commedia dell’Arte and theatrical performances by the Actor/director Eugenio
de’ Giorgi – with the intention of drawing attention to the driving force
that theatre can still have in the production of narrative styles and
cultural models – and their related consumption – often utilised afterwards
in different contexts.

Little more than 40 years ago, Dario Fo brought Mistero Buffo to the stage,
a play with the declared aim of having a deep effect in society and
contributing to changing the cultural status quo of those days.

Is it still possible to perceive theatre in those terms? Can we still regard
theatre as a component of change of our society?
The televised Mistero Buffo starts with two Grammelots (“Il Grammelot dello
Zanni” and “Storia di San Benedetto da Norcia”) centred on the themes of
food and its absence, the first one establishing a link with the tradition
of Commedia dell’Arte and the second one drawing a close relationship
between culture (in this specific case intellectuals) and food.

14th May: Food and Culture – On the first day we invite delegates to explore
every aspect of food – and its absence, and its importance in every activity
of human beings – in relation to narrative techniques in general and its
cultural connotations. Starting from the ubiquitous presence of food in
Commedia dell’Arte performances, we would like to explore how and what
function food has in theatrical and literary narration and beyond to the
visual arts in their widest definition. 
Suggested topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:
•	Food and theatrical performance
•	Standard masques and food
•	Food function in narration
•	Commedia dell’Arte: masters’ food and servants’ food
•	Food as representation of social structure
•	Anthropology, theatre and food
•	Food in visual arts
15th May: Theatre and storytelling – Day two will be devoted to Dario Fo’s
theatre in general and to the cultural models that theatre can provide to
contemporary society. 
Suggested topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:
•	Dario Fo and the epic theatre 
•	From paintings to the stage: storytelling and gestures
•	Narrative styles and cultural models in the performing arts
•	Theatre and political propaganda
•	Theatrical storytelling and multimedia society
•	Grotesque and satire in the storytelling of the reality
For a 20-minute presentation, please, submit a 300 word abstract either in
English or Italian by 2 April 2010 to [log in to unmask] Please,
also include institutional affiliation along with a brief biographical note.

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