Legacies of Commedia dell’ arte Conference: “Others” and the production of theatre from early-modern Italy through modern-day California

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UCR Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, and Center for Ideas and Society

Legacies of Commedia dell’ arte Conference: “Others” and the production of theatre from early-modern Italy through modern-day California

Organized by Prof. Erith Jaffe-Berg, Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, UC Riverside

Emerging in the middle of the 16th century, commedia dell’arte was an improvised, popular performance form based on stock characters. Although considered by some a quintessentially “Italian” artform, recent scholarship emphasizes the influence of Asian, Middle Eastern and minority cultures, as well as Christian European ones.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together various scholars from across the UC as well as the US and Canada and from the fields of history, comparative literatures, theatre, performance studies, cultural studies, poetry, music, dance and art.

Learn more about the conference.

November 21, 2019
Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, South
Symposium Room, INTS 1113
Free and open to the public

The conference culminates with a performance based on a text written by a 16th century actress and writer Isabella Andreini (1588). Scenes from this play, La Mirtilla, will be offered as a staged reading, performed with live music by early-modern women composers on period instruments.

In the play, Andreini represents many shades of love in a comedic tapestry, with moments of gravity that resonate with today’s #metoo movement. Surprisingly, there is no evidence that this work has ever been performed!

Learn more about the play.

Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Information Kiosk Booth, located on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

Information: UCR Center for Ideas and Society (951) 827-1556  CISevents@ucr.edu

Erith Jaffe-Berg, organizer  erithj@ucr.edu

Sponsored by grants from the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society, UCOP MRPI Funding through the UC Humanities Research Institute, the UCR Departmentsof Theatre, Film and Digital Production, History, Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Religious Studies – Maimonides Chair in Jewish Studies, UCR International Affairs, and UCR Research and Economic Development.