Italian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944

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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 analyzes the theory and practice of Futurist performance, covers the theatre work of all leading artists and writers of the movement, and discusses the main aims and achievements of their theatrical experiments. While focusing on reconstructing the performance history of Futurist theatre, this book also incorporates aspects of dramatic writing, stage and costume design, theatre architecture, dance and opera.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158981
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 616
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 Futurist Theatre: A Preliminary Characterization 3
2 The State of Italian Theatre Before the Advent of Futurism 11
3 Marinetti's Early Writings and Aesthetics: A Prelude to Futurism 26
4 The Founding of the Futurist Movement and the First Manifestos 43
Pt. II The Birth of a Futurist Theatre
1 Political Action Theatre as a Performative Genre 59
2 The Beginnings of a Futurist Performance Art: The Early Serate 85
3 Futurist Dramatic Theory: The Early Manifestos 156
4 Futurism and the Professional Theatre: The First Companies Touring with a Futurist Repertoire 187
5 Theatre Performances in Art Galleries 232
6 The Stage Works of Giacomo Balla 246
7 Enrico Prampolini's Early Futurist Career 264
8 Fortunato Depero's Theatrical Experiments of the 1910s 291
Pt. III The Second Futurist Movement, 1920-1930
1 Futurism under the Fascist Regime 329
2 The Revival of Futurist Theatre in the 1920s 346
3 Futurist Cabarets, Artists' Festivals, and Banquets 384
4 From the Religion of Speed to the Cult of the Machine 396
5 The Machine Art of Vinicio Paladini and Ivo Pannaggi 417
6 Fillia's Theatrical Experiments of the 1920s 431
7 Enrico Prampolini's Theatrical Career in the 1920s 442
8 Fortunato Depero's Contribution to a Futurist Mechanical Theatre 469
9 Fedele Azari and Futurist Aerial Theatre 485
10 Vasari's Apocalyptic Vision of the Futurist Machine Age 495
Pt. IV Epilogue: Futurism in the 1930s and 1940s
1 Futurism Tied to the Procrustean Bed of the Fascist State 523
2 The Last Signs of Life in Futurist Theatre 534
Bibliography 555
List of Illustrations 577
Index 583
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