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La MaMa Experimental Theatre: a lasting bridge between cultures

La MaMa Experimental Theatre: a lasting bridge between cultures

Objective

MariBet is focused on the activity of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club of New York, founded by Ellen Stewart (1919-2011) in 1961 in order to give voice to artists marginalized by both the institutional theatres of Broadway and the Off-Broadway scene: a theatre conceived as an integration point in overcoming cultural and geo-political barriers and engaging artists in a common artistical research. Nowadays La MaMa produces performances always addressed to current social issues like immigration and welcoming refugees. The topic of the research is then in line with the current European political situation marked by the debate on migration flow.
Main objectives are: 1. fill the gap in the field of theatre studies with an in-depth study of the history of La MaMa on which there are no exhaustive investigations yet; 2. analyse its engagement in promoting intercultural dialogues both in the past and in the present. These objectives will be reached through an interdisciplinary research, combining the historical and semiological investigation to the sociological analysis of the issues related to the performances presented by La MaMa. This project is timely because the historical distance from the facts allows a critical objectivity in the study of the subject, the emerging interest on the comparison between Avant-Garde theatre and contemporary theatre, the principles investigated by La MaMa over the years still impact on our society today.
The project (36 months) will be hosted at the Department of Cultures and Civilizations (CUCI - UNIVR, Italy) and in the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC, Graduate Center – CUNY, US), involving the non-academic cultural institution La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club of New York. The detailed research and training program will be supervised by prof. Simona Brunetti (main supervisor) and by prof. Marvin Carlson (in US), both renowned scholars of theatre with expertise in History and Theory of Theatre.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA

Address

Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 251 002,56

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THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK GRADUATE CENTER CUNY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 840989

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 October 2019

  • End date

    30 September 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 251 002,56

  • EU contribution

    € 251 002,56

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA

Italy