Classics and the Spectacular under Fascism: Classical Performance in the ‘Ventennio Fascista’

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:15am
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles'

A conference co-hosted by the APGRD; Laboratorio Dionysos, Università di Trento; and University of Groningen. Free, all welcome. 

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10.15-10.45 Registration and Coffee

10.45-11.00 Welcome from Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)

Giovanna Di Martino and Sara Troiani present the APGRD and Laboratorio Dionysos Databases


11.00-12.00 Classicising the Spectacle – Chair: Oliver Taplin (Oxford)

Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen) - A Classical Modernity

Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Aeschylus at the Crossroads between ‘Modernities’


12.00-13.00 Classics and the Spectacular I: Ettore Romagnoli, INDA and Fascism – Chair: Giorgio Ieranò (Trento)

Sara Troiani (Trento) –Ettore Romagnoli’s Productions and the Fascist Regime

Natalie Minioti (Thessaloniki) - The Secret Meaning of the Chorus in the Theatrical Performances of the Dramatic Festival of Syracuse During the Fascist Period  


13:00-14.00 Lunch


14.00-15.00 Classics and the Spectacular II - INDA, Music and Dances – Chair: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)

Giovanna Casali (Bologna) - Did the Music Change under the Fascist Regime? A Survey of the Musical Compositions in the INDA Performances 

Giulia Bordignon (Venice) - ‘Living Sculpture’:The Dancing Chorus at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse, 1927-1939


15.00-15.15 Coffee break


15.15-16.15 Theorising Fascist Classicism – Chair: Eleftheria Ioannidou (Groningen)

Dimitris Plantzos (Athens) and Vasileios Balaskas (Malaga-Athens) - Reinventing Romanitas; Exchanges of Classical Antiquities as Symbolic Gifts Between Italy and Spain (1933-1943)

Helen Roche (Durham) - Theorising the Use and Abuse of the Classical Past in Mussolini’s Third Rome and Hitler’s Third Reich


16.15-17.15 Plenary led by Pantelis Michelakis 

17.15-18.00 Drinks reception