Marinetti: il teatro totale. Una rappresentazione iconografica

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Marinetti: the total theater. An iconographic representation

Gaetano Oliva

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Beginning in 1913, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti theorized Futurist theater through the drafting of four posters: that of the Variety Theater (1913), de Futurist Synthetic Theater (1915), the Theater of Surprise (1921) and Total Theater (1933) . In addition to these, numerous other posters are published. In each of these writings the desire to repudiate naturalistic representations is emphasized, to avoid any attempt at realistic illusion and psychological realism as they limit the free expression of creativity and imagination. The futurist theater takes place in a theatrical time and space that is openly different from the real ones. Situations that are resolved in a very short time are preferred, often of a single quick picture. Scenes and choreography, closely related to the text, are never realistic, but abstract or metaphorical, allusive settings. The spectator often becomes the active protagonist of what happens on the scene: the same actors, provoking him, come to create a close dialogue that can lead to verbal verbal disputes similar to the brawl.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Marinetti: the total theater. An iconographic representation
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationIl Futurismo sulla rampa di lancio. <<Poesia>> 1905-2005
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Futurista
  • Letteratura teatrale
  • teatro


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