Un teatro geneticamente modificato. Appunti sulla storia del Nuovo teatro italiano a partire dal progetto De-generazioni – Oliviero Ponte di Pino – Stratagemmi 33




A genetically modified theater:
Notes on the history of New Italian theater starting from “De-generazioni” project

New Italian theater has a long tradition. It began at the end of the ‘50s as a part of the great international revolution that reinvented contemporary theater. It had an important moment of recognition and discussion in 1967 at the “Convegno di Ivrea”, with the participation, among others, of Eugenio Barba, Carmelo Bene, Dario Fo, Franco Quadri, Luca Ronconi, Giuliano Scabia. Decade after decade, several generations of artists coming from that area rose to international success. To understand what New Italian theater really means, Ponte di Pino examines, first of all, the strength of this definition and the chronological bracket of the experience, than the elements of continuity and the differences between poetical projects, the relationship between masters and pupils (if there is any). Another issue, analyzed in the essay, is the pattern of the relationship of the New theater with the Old theater, and the Italian theatrical establishment.