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Languages and Bodies: Translating Emma Dante’s "Scrittura Scenica"

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Presented in collaboration with the University of Illinois Chicago on the occasion of the 19th edition of the Italian Language Week in the World, presented under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy. This year's edition will take place from October 21 to 27th and will have as its theme, "Italian on the Stage."

Emma Dante is one of the most important Italian theatre makers of the twenty-first century. Crafted through a process of collaborative creation (scrittura scenica), Dante’s staged plays meld Italian and the virtuosic physicality of the actors with regional languages and gestures. When published, these performance texts present a complex tapestry inextricably weaving together languages and bodies. Translating Dante’s scripts for an English-speaking audience then requires employing strategies to mediate the embodied through the page and to make transparent inherent postcolonial power dynamics between Italian and southern regional languages.

In this talk, Dr. Francesca Spedalieri explores the process of translating Dante’s theatre for the upcoming mPalermu, Dancers, and Other Plays – and anthology of seven plays in translation.

Born in Palermo in 1967, Emma Dante is a deviser, playwright, and director. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico (National Dramatics Art Academy Silvio D’Amico) in Rome in 1990. Since 1999, she has been the artistic director of the Palermo-based award-winning theatre company Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale. Her plays have been published by Fazi, Rizzoli, Baldini e Castoldi, and Glifo Edizioni. Dante’s critically acclaimed works have toured extensively in Italy and abroad, garnering attention for their creative envisioning of everyday life. Her works explore the themes of family and marginalization through a poetics of tension and folly underscored by sharp humor.

Francesca Spedalieri is a scholar, translator, and director. She received her PhD in Theatre from The Ohio State University and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on contemporary Italian theatre, women directors, and physical theatre. She has written articles and reviews on these subjects for TheatreForum, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Performance Research, and Annali di Italianistica. She has presented at national and international conferences on Italian contemporary theatre, regional languages on Italian stages, Italian national identity, and women directors. She is a founding member of the International Network of Italian Theatre. In 2014, she spearheaded the Emma Dante Project at The Ohio State University, which marked the North American debut of Dante’s company. Her recent publications include an essay on the interplay between the clown and the jester in Dario Fo’s Mistero Buffo in Remembering the Consummate Playwright/Performer: Essays on Dario Fo, and a chapter on Emma Dante’s theatre and the ethics of gendered representation in Italian theatre in La Riflessione Etica nel Teatro Contemporaneo Italiano (Ethical Thoughts in Contemporary Italian Theatre). Her most recent essay, “Inside Palermo: Economic Disenfranchisement and Gender Inequality in Emma Dante’s mPalermu” is part of an edited collection on 21st century women playwrights co-edited by Lesley Ferris and Penelope Farfan that will be published in 2020 by University of Michigan Press. Her translations of selected plays by Dante appear in the anthology mPalermu, Dancers, and Other Plays. She is currently working on a translation/adaptation of Stefano Massini’s 7 Minutes for the New York City-based company Waterwell lead by Obie-winning director Lee Sunday Evans.

A selection of Sicilian delicacies will be offered.

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