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Second series of 'Performing Italy' in London
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Second series of ‘Performing Italy’ in London

Categories: Culture and creativity -Music and Performing Arts
Seven young protagonists of contemporary Italian theatre tell the story of a changing Italy.
Alberto Boubakar Malanchino. Foto tratta dal sito dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Londra
Alberto Boubakar Malanchino – foto tratta dal sito dell’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Londra

After the success of the videos of the first edition in 2021, published on the Vimeo Channel of the Italian Cultural Institute of London and broadcast on RAI 5 as part of the Next Generation Theatre Marathon dedicated to the new generations of theatre, the Italian Cultural Institute of London presents the second series of ‘Performing Italy’ videos, available on the Institute’s Vimeo channel from 4 May.

In each video-portrait, artists discuss their ideas about theatre, their journeys towards becoming theatre-makers and their recent and future stage projects, with the aim of addressing the effects of immigration on Italian theatre and society. Often born or raised in Italy to migrant parents or mixed families, the artists selected by ‘Performing Italy’ are representatives of a generation that embodies the cultural intersections through which Italian identity is being rewritten and expanded. There is still little awareness of their voices as powerful carriers of change, despite the fact that Italy is the second country in Europe by number of resident foreigners (5.3 million as of January 1, 2019, of which 3.7 million non-European countries, source Eurostat). The seven protagonists of ‘Performing Italy’ offer the opportunity to closely examine a changing Italy and to investigate the theme of Italianness in the 21st century.

The project is produced by Suq Festival and Theatre, an organisation based in Genoa which has been exploring and disseminating the values of inclusion and multiculturalism for over twenty years. In partnership with the University of Kent, with its European Theatre Research Network, and the web portal Curated by Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, in collaboration with Suq Festival’s artistic team, Alberto Lasso and Carla Peirolero, and Oliviero Ponte di Pino, author, broadcaster and academic.

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