Lorenzo Mango e la teoria “evoluzionista”- Sergio Lo Gatto – Stratagemmi 17
The paper examines a major essay published on “Culture teatrali”in 2005, in which Lorenzo Mango tries to bring a coherence back to the numerous theories around the growth of mise en scène as a phenomenon peculiar to the 20th Century. Summarizing Mango’s analysis, and paying special attention to intergenerational transfers operated by certain scenic theories, we try to hypothesize a proper “theory of evolution” for the transformation of some paradigms in modern theater. Aim of this little set of papers (for which this is the starting point) is to draw a parallel between the analytical urgency of research about the evolution of specific forms and codes and the needs expressed by contemporary critical writing. In the last ten years performing arts critics has in fact been confused by lacking of spaces, supports, motivations, resorts and tools able to understand an art which seems to refuse that evolution. In the belief that the present state of turmoil could be the base of a revival of Italian critics, the intention of these studies is to give a possible coherence back to the evolution into contemporary theatrical language, trying and calibrate a correct vision of it.