Transcultural trajectories in Italian Theatre

This project studies how the collective re-writing and mise en scène of plays by theatre companies and migrants facilitate inclusion and enhance new forms of belonging.

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Glory Arekekhuegbe and Kassie Sunday during the play Antigone Power, written by Ubax Cristina Ali Farah and directed by Giuseppe Massa, performed by the company Sutta Scupa at Cantieri culturali della Zisa, in Palermo, Italy, in July 2018.

Mass migrations caused mainly by environmental changes and international conflicts call for effective strategies to increase the level of inclusion and avoid social tensions.

This research investigates new effective strategies to increase social inclusion through Teatro Sociale / Applied Theatre (the making of the individual and the community through performing arts), studying how the active participation to the artistic process enables migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to shape new forms of cultural and social belonging.

The project focuses on the performances and the interactions between writers, actors and non-professional performers in three theatre companies in Italy to identify best practices and streamline them into paradigms that can be eventually applied in Australia.

The aim of this project is also to evaluate the broad social impact of Social Theatre in Italy, assessing if performing arts as practice of transcultural encounter may initiate a change in perspective and approach towards controversial topics such as migration and inclusion.

The collective re-writing and mise en scène of plays by theatre companies and migrants may create novel syncretic spaces, where culture, myth and storytelling can be in dialogue with each other, inspiring new forms of artistic and political intervention, identity and belonging.