Emma Dante and Fausto Paravidino: Families, National Identity, and International Audiences

Laera, Margherita (2018) Emma Dante and Fausto Paravidino: Families, National Identity, and International Audiences. In: Delgado, Maria and Rebellato, Dan and Lease, Bryce, eds. Contemporary European Playwrights. Routledge. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the work of two Italian dramatists, actors and directors, Emma Dante and Fausto Paravidino. Since the early 2000s, when their careers began, Dante and Paravidino have both enjoyed considerable national and international acclaim, but the mode in which spectators have experienced their work abroad has been significantly different: while Paravidino’s plays have been translated into foreign languages and staged with local casts, Dante’s productions have toured untranslated, with their original Italian performers, mostly accompanied by surtitles. Both authors also routinely direct, and sometimes perform in, their own scripts, following that distinctively Italian tradition that has more often produced actor-authors than ‘pure’ playwrights. Paravidino is one of very few living Italian dramatists to be known in Britain, thanks to his work with London’s National and Royal Court Theatres. His plays have been seen throughout Europe and beyond and have been translated into twelve languages. Dante, on the other hand, has only rarely toured to the UK, but her theatre productions have travelled extensively to continental Europe, North and South America and Asia. In what follows, I assess some of their most significant plays and productions with a particular focus on how issues of translation, international touring and intercultural exchange have influenced their approach to theatre-making.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Margherita Laera
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 12:26 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 09:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72167 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Laera, Margherita: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4385-3444
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