International Conference Architecture and Stage Design for Minor Theatres, 1750-1850

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Oct, 1112 2022

The Institute of Theatre and Opera, in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences in Bern and Lausanne, is holding an international conference on the themes of architecture and stage space and design for minor theatres in Italy and Europe between 1750 and 1850. The event is part of Raphael Bortolotti’s PhD project: “Italian Stage Design in the 19th Century” and is the second conference, following one held in October 2021 in Feltre, entitled “Practices of Provincial Theatres in the Risorgimento: Management, Stage, Music, Audience and Repertoire”.


During the transdisciplinary conference, scholars from various fields will explore not only theatrical space and stage design in minor and provincial theatres but also treatises in this architectural field, which at the time was so important that it generated a conspicuous production of essays, scholarly treatises and theoretical projects, as well as numerous competitions related to the theme and the built results.


In addition, again in an interdisciplinary approach, the history of individual theatres will be analysed through in-depth studies and their socio-historical role in the 18th and 19th centuries reassessed. The advisory committee is composed of Maria Ida Biggi (Fondazione Giorgio Cini Institute of Theatre and Opera; Ca’ Foscari University, Venice), Raphael Bortolotti and Annette Kappeler (University of Applied Sciences, Bern).


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