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GORDON CRAIG AND THE FUTURISTS: A HATE STORY. A LECTURE BY PROF. DONATO SANTERAMO

Date:

11/24/2009


GORDON CRAIG AND THE FUTURISTS: A HATE STORY. A LECTURE BY PROF. DONATO SANTERAMO

Commenting Craig's relatively unknown writings on Futurism and the Futurists' reponse

Marinetti and the Futurist theatre

On the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of the Futurist Manifest, and continuing its series of lectures about different aspects of the Italian Futurist movement, the Istituto is pleased to present a lecture in English by Prof. Donato Santeramo, Head of the Department of Spanish & Italian at Queen's University in Kingston entitled Gordon Craig and the Futurists: A Hate Story, with an introduction by Prof. Luca Somigli (Department of Italian Studies – University of Toronto).

Tuesday November 24, 2009 - 6:30 pm
Italian Cultural Institute  - 496, Huron St., Toronto
Free admission. 
Info 416 921 3802 ext. 221


Edward Gordon Craig wrote extensively on Italian theatre and on Futurism, especially in his journal The Mask, published in Florence (1908-1929). In fact, in 1912 on the pages of his journal one finds an article entitled “The Futurists and Others” in which he degrades Marinetti the man and his “pseudo” movement Futurism. That same year he critiques Gino Severini’s technique and teaches him on the pages of the Mask how to draw. More importantly in 1914 Craig publishes the “first unabridged translation of ‘Il teatro di varietà’” with, as footnotes, comments and criticisms that ridicule the manifesto and the Futurists. An article by Craig on Futurism follows the translation. In these articles one finds the source for Craig’s criticisms and comments at the Convegno Volta, which had as its major scope to stress that theatre, unlike cinema and sports, is literature. The lecture will focus on Craig's relatively unknown writings on Futurism and the Futurists' response. 

Bio 
Donato Santeramo is Head of the Department of Spanish & Italian at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He earned his “laurea” in Lingue e letterature straniere moderne from the University of Rome, “ La Sapienza” and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. 

His most recent publications include a monograph, Luigi Pirandello: la parola, la scena e il mito, Rome: Nuova Editrice Universitaria, 2007 and several articles: “Luigi Pirandello, uno, due e tre”; Pirandello: Dalla realtà del sogno al sogno della realtà. Poetiche e strutture” and Il Bell’Antonio ovvero l’interruzione della Storia. He also co-edited with Domenico De Gaetano and Luca Massimo Barbero, Red Cars, (An original screenplay by David Cronenberg). Torino : Edizioni Volumina, 2005; and with Marcel Danesi he co-edited The Sign in Theory and Practice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1999, pp. 291. Prof. Santeramo is presently working on a monograph on Edward Gordon Craig and 20th century theatre theory and practice.
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(Photos: Costume for the Mechanical Ballet Costume design by Ivo Pannaggi, 1919 Mechanization of movement was a product of the futurist ethic. Ivo Pannaggi designed costumes that synthesize the deforming cubist figures into the painted mechanical setting, expressing the basic tenets of futurist thinking: the integration or synthesis of the performer with his surroundings and the mechanization of the performer.)

Ingresso gratuito

Information

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : In collaborazione con (terza lingua)


Location:

Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496, Huron St., Toronto

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