Theatre of sounds. Theatrical and territorial acoustic spaces

4th International Workshop on Soundscapes
Verscio, June 13th, and Locarno, June 14th, 2019

The workshop focuses on the sound dimension in theatrical practices and experiences: from corporeal knowledge to the condensation of space-time, from the fundamental interactions with the present-time to the anthropological composition of identity bonds. The sound dimension of the theatrical experience has always been central in Western performance culture, strongly tied to an important tradition of prose that has often defined its main developments, but has not been adequately taken into account with respect to its influences on creative and dramaturgical processes. A research project on sounds in the theater is still in its infancy, but it is finding fertile ground at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri both in reflections on the soundscape of physical theater (Quadri, 2017) and through projects in preparation investigating comedy, music, and sound effects, that the musicologist Anna Stoll Knecht will launch in 2019 (“Music and Clowning in Europe, 20th-21st Centuries”).

The workshop is a proposal of the Swiss Association for Theatre Studies (SATS) in collaboration with the Education and Training Department of SUPSI and the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, and with the support of the Swiss Academy of Human and Social Sciences (as part of the “La Suisse existe – La Suisse n’existe pas / Raum – Espace”).