Dario Fo, le storie e la Storia. Fonti e drammaturgia del "Tumulto di Bologna"

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Dario Fo, stories and history. Sources and dramaturgy of the "Tumult of Bologna"

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Abstract

This essay investigates Dario Fo’s creative work through the analysis of the Tumulto di Bologna (Tumult of Bologna), a short text by Fo that was conceived in the early eighties and mainly presented to the public within Fabulazzo osceno (Obscene Fables). This is a remarkable example of how the playwright uses the technique of “mobile texts” and always rewrites and modifies the text on the basis of his audience response. This play is also a case of his typical controversial use of historical sources. Even if he is telling a story that is widely historically documented, Fo often diverges from the sources. Nevertheless, he is faithful to the medieval spirit, which differed from the modern idea of historiography, as it considered history at the service of oratory in pursuing apologetic and moralistic-utilitarian purposes. Once again, this play presents Fo’s Middle Ages as an opportunity to reconsider popular culture texts in the anti-authoritarian and revolutionary approach Fo adopts as an actor who, on the other hand, cannot but stick to the rules of dramaturgical composition.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Dario Fo, stories and history. Sources and dramaturgy of the "Tumult of Bologna"
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)123-151
Number of pages29
JournalBIBLIOTECA TEATRALE
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Teatro italiano XX secolo
  • XXth century Italian Theatre
  • interpretations of the middle ages
  • interpretazioni del medioevo
  • sage writing
  • scrittura scenica
  • storytelling
  • teatro di narrazione

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