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Italian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944 - Gunter Berghaus

Italian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944

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Published: 1st March 1998
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Italian Futurist Theatre provides an overview of the theatrical activities of the Italian Futurist movement, headed by F. T. Marinetti. It analyses the theory and practice of Futurist performance, covers the theatre work of all leading artists and writers of the movement, and discusses the principal aims and achievements of their theatrical experiments. The main focus of the study is directed towards reconstructing the performance history of Futurist theatre. But it also incorporates aspects of dramatic writing, stage and costume design and theatre architecture, and is heavily illustrated. Although the significance of Futurism for the art and culture of this century is universally acknowledged today, relatively little research has been undertaken with regard to the form of expression that was dearest to the Futurists: theatre. No other art could better demonstrate the movement's concept of 'art as action', propagate its anti-traditionalist stance and demonstrate its modernist aims and aesthetics. Yet the myriads of Futurist experiments in the performing arts have been neglected by scholars, partly because documentation is not easily available, partly because of the inherent problems of reconstructing performances of the past. This volume is the first comprehensive study of Italian Futurist theatre in the English language. It is the result of a major research project, supported by the British Academy, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. This highly original book is predominantly based on documents discovered in the course of ten years of extensive investigations in Italian archives, libraries, and private collections.

... Gunter Berghaus has filled a gap, giving at the same time a very sound account of the evolution of the ideas that Futurism engendered. The book is well designed, offering short chronological chapters with good illustrations and notes at the end of each./ Masolino D'Amico, TLS, 14/05/99.

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword Part I: Introduction 1: Futurist Theatre: A Preliminary Characterization 2: The State of Italian Theatre Before the Advent of Futurism 3: Marinetti's Early Writings and Aesthetics: A Prelude to Futurism 4: The Founding of the Futurist Movement and the First Manifestos Part II: The Birth of a Futurist Theatre 1: Political Action Theatre as a Performative Genre 2: The Beginnings of a Futurist Performance Art: The Early serate 3: Futurist Dramatic Theory: The Early Manifestos 4: Futurism and the Professional Theatre: The First Companies Touring with a Futurist Repertoire 5: Theatre Performances in Art Galleries 6: The Stage Works of Giacomo Balla 7: Enrico Prampolini's Early Futurist Career 8: Fortunato Depero's Theatrical Experiments of the 1910s Part III: The Second Futurist Movement, 1920-30 1: Futurism Under the Fascist Regime 2: The Revival of Futurist Theatre in the 1920s 3: Futurist Cabaret, Artists' Festivals, and Banquets 4: From the Religion of Speed to the Cult of the Machine 5: The machine Art of Vinicio Paladini and Ivo Pannaggi 6: Fillia's Theatrical Experiments in the 1920s 7: Enrico Prampolini's Theatrical Career in the 1920s 8: Fortunato Depero's Contribution to a Futurist Mechanical Theatre 9: Fedele Azario and Futurist Aerial Theatre 10: Vasari's Apocalyptic Vision of the Futurist Machine Age Part IV: Epilogue: Futurism in the 1930s and 1940s 1: Futurism Tied to the Procustrean Bed of the Fascist State 2: The Last Signs of Life in Futurist Theatre Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198158981
ISBN-10: 019815898X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 610
Published: 1st March 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.3  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 1.21