Ten years of Short Theatre. Rome and its ‘short’ Festival

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  • Simona Brunetti Performing Arts, Verona

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13136/sjtds.v1i2.36

Abstract

This article focuses on the analysis of a ten-year old festival of performing arts called Short Theatre which has been organized in Rome since 2006. Initially hosted at the India Theatre and later on at La Pelanda, Short Theatre represents one of the most topical and up-to-date Italian occasions to explore and celebrate contemporary international experimental theatre. Moving from the investigation of the festival’s own constituting idea, its main characteristics and locations, the meaning of its title, Short Theatre, is investigated in relation to the types of performances staged during the many editions of the festival. In the last part of this essay, two shows performed at Short Theatre in 2013 are analysed in detail as significant ex-amples of short theatre: Pentesilea [Penthesilea], produced by Lenz Rifrazioni, and La semplicità ingannata [Simplicity Deceived] starring Marta Cuscunà. These two shows have not been chosen for being substantially ‘better’ than others, but because they efficaciously, clearly, and even emblematically exemplify the Festival’s character-istics as illustrated in this analysis.

Author Biography

Simona Brunetti, Performing Arts, Verona

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Published

2015-12-29

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Monographic Section