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07 March
Giulia Palladini

Histories of Experimentalism – The Scene of Foreplay

Free entrance
Histories of Experimentalism

07 March

sat 7th March 6:30pm

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Price Free entrance
Sala Manuela Porto
Length 2h

Throughout 2020 and 2021 the Histories of Experimentalism conversation series will reveal unique studies into key moments and episodes of experimentalism in the performative arts, ranging from the 1960’s until today. Structured through a transnational premise, the series approaches various contexts (mostly European, but not exclusively), taking into account the initial internationalism of artists, as well as the pressures exerted by State and supra State agendas for “internationalization” starting in the 1990’s – seeking to interrogate, from a temporal perspective, dramaturgical and aesthetical contaminations, as seen today. Thus we travel through different geographies and times, understanding and discussing formal innovations such as the first black box in Europe, the dissemination of the idea of collective creation, the focus on interdisciplinarity, or on the process vs. the product, seeking to understand them both politically and aesthetically in their contexts of origin and questioning their operationality in the times of today.

Giulia Palladini is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton in London. In her work, she has addressed in particular the relations between labor and pleasure, work and free time, temporality and affect, historiography and the archive, addressing both contemporary performance and performance history. In The Scene of Foreplay, Palladini proposes that such labors of love can be considered both as paradigmatic for contemporary forms of precarious labor and also resonating with echoes from marginal histories of the performing arts, in a nonlinear genealogy of queer resistance to ideas of capitalist productivity and professionalism.


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