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Performing Arts and Technical Issues in the 19th Century

18-20 October 2019, Lucca
Lucca, Complesso Momumentale di San Micheletto

organized by Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca), Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française (Venice)

It is only in recent years that musicology has seriously begun to focus on opera staging, representing as it does a crucial element in our understanding of theatrical production. The visual component is integral to the compositional process of opera; it is already present in the stage directions contained in scene booklets and scores, before finding its ultimate form in the most comprehensive examples of stage-booklets. Cross-comparison of these books with the score, sets, costumes and press reports, often accompanied by illustrations and photographs of the scenery, can now generate an understanding of the ‘three-dimensionality’ of a particular opera.

The present conference aims to address several facets of the artistic expression of a live performance, in particular focusing on the technical issues, people and institutions related to it. Thus dance, musical theatre, mime, puppetry, and other performing arts will be investigated through the lens of their various components — staging, lighting, sound, costumes, theatrical machines — as well as their protagonists — impresarios, tournée, companies, designers, conductors and directors.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

• Stage Machinery: Scene Changes, Lighting, Sound Effects, Set, Illusions, etc.

• Economical and Administrative Issues

• Companies and Tournées

• Stage Direction, Movements and Gestures

• Impresarios, Actors, Dancers, Designers, Conductors, etc.

• Mime, Puppetry, Dance and Choreography

• The Venues of Entertainment

• Press, Staging Manuals, Literature and Handbooks

Programme Committee: • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini), Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française), Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini), Massimiliano Locanto (Università degli Studi di Salerno), Michela Niccolai (LaM, Université libre de Bruxelles et IHRIM, Lyon2, Lyon), Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynote Speakers: • Scott Palmer (School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds), Catrina Flint (Vanier College, Montréal).

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume. Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography. All proposals should be submitted by email no later than Sunday 7 April 2019, to With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation. The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of April 2019, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date. For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala


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