Italian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944 by Gunter BerghausItalian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944 by Gunter Berghaus

Italian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944

byGunter Berghaus

Hardcover | March 1, 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 theprincipal 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 heavilyillustrated. 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 themovement'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 ofthe 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 ispredominantly based on documents discovered in the course of ten years of extensive investigations in Italian archives, libraries, and private collections.
Gunter Berghaus is at University of Bristol.
Title:Italian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944Format:HardcoverDimensions:610 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.54 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019815898X

ISBN - 13:9780198158981


Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsForewordPart I: Introduction1. Futurist Theatre: A Preliminary Characterization2. The State of Italian Theatre Before the Advent of Futurism3. Marinetti's Early Writings and Aesthetics: A Prelude to Futurism4. The Founding of the Futurist Movement and the First ManifestosPart II: The Birth of a Futurist Theatre1. Political Action Theatre as a Performative Genre2. The Beginnings of a Futurist Performance Art: The Early serate3. Futurist Dramatic Theory: The Early Manifestos4. Futurism and the Professional Theatre: The First Companies Touring with a Futurist Repertoire5. Theatre Performances in Art Galleries6. The Stage Works of Giacomo Balla7. Enrico Prampolini's Early Futurist Career8. Fortunato Depero's Theatrical Experiments of the 1910sPart III: The Second Futurist Movement, 1920-301. Futurism Under the Fascist Regime2. The Revival of Futurist Theatre in the 1920s3. Futurist Cabaret, Artists' Festivals, and Banquets4. From the Religion of Speed to the Cult of the Machine5. The machine Art of Vinicio Paladini and Ivo Pannaggi6. Fillia's Theatrical Experiments in the 1920s7. Enrico Prampolini's Theatrical Career in the 1920s8. Fortunato Depero's Contribution to a Futurist Mechanical Theatre9. Fedele Azario and Futurist Aerial Theatre10. Vasari's Apocalyptic Vision of the Futurist Machine AgePart IV: Epilogue: Futurism in the 1930s and 1940s1. Futurism Tied to the Procustrean Bed of the Fascist State2. The Last Signs of Life in Futurist TheatreBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

... 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.