Provincial theatres: repertoire, audiences, performers, management and stage equipment at Feltre’s Teatro Sociale in the Nineteenth century

Brunello, Giulia (May 2021). Provincial theatres: repertoire, audiences, performers, management and stage equipment at Feltre’s Teatro Sociale in the Nineteenth century (Unpublished). In: Between Centres and Peripheries Music in Europe from the French Revolution until WWi (1789-1914) Models of music production n the peripheries (2). virtual conference. 7.5.2021.

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This paper presents preliminary results of the research project “Italian provincial theatre and the Risorgimento. The organisation, repertoire and original stage décor of Feltre’s Teatro sociale (1797–1866)” (SNF – Swiss National Foundation, HKB – Bern University of the Arts). The project investigates Feltre’s theatre (Belluno) in the 19th-century, compared with other similar theatres in other cities situated in the Regno d’Italia – then, the Lombardo Veneto – especially the nearby Belluno and the ex-leading city of Venice, seat of the Hapsburg Government. From the fall of the Serenissima to the Hapsburg annexation to the Regno d’Italia, Feltre’s theatre is a representative example of one of the innumerable Italian “provincial” theatres of the 19th century. Moreover, it is of great significance as it is one of the few places where original scenic material from the 19th century has survived until today. Using a micro-historical approach, this paper proposes to underline the importance of Feltre’s theatre as a place where forms of social life, hierarchies and networks were formed on the one hand, and the relationship of the centre to the periphery on the other. An attention to cultural transfer will play a central role in our investigations with regard to the presence of theatrical troupes and impresarios, repertoire, musical styles, trends, popular tastes, scenic materials, painters and the scenographers’ activity. Starting from a specific case study, this paper discusses the following general themes: how the events of a theatre reflect municipal pride and symbolize a competition with other urban centres; how theatrical trends help to structure the relationship between centres and periphery; how hierarchies between genres reveal social stratification based on aesthetic taste and how fashion (new and old representations) affects theatrical scheduling.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

Bern Academy of the Arts

Name:

Brunello, Giulia

Subjects:

M Music and Books on Music > M Music

Language:

English

Submitter:

Giulia Brunello

Date Deposited:

09 Feb 2022 09:51

Last Modified:

09 Feb 2022 09:51

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ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.15569

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/15569

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