Telling theater historical past colloquium: how? Why ? -Paris

International meeting December 7th, 8th and 9th, 2022Espace des Cordeliers and research center of the Sorbonne University Telling theater history: how, why?

Institut Universitaire de France, Sorbonne University (CELLF, PRITEPS, Theater Initiative), Practical School of Advanced Studies (SAPRAT), Côte d’Azur University (CTEL), University of Lorraine (2L2S), Theater History Society, University of Quebec to Montreal (CRILCQ)

Organizing Committee: Line Cottegnies, Léonor Delaunay, Emanuele De Luca, Andrea Fabiano, Agathe Giraud, François Lecercle, Bénédicte Louvat, Sophie Marchand, Roxane Martin, Florence Naugrette, Clément Scotto di Clemente, Violaine Vielmas, Jean-Claude Yon

Scientific Advisory Board: Mara Fazio (Rome, La Sapienza), Pierre Frantz (Sorbonne University), Sara Harvey (Victoria, Canada), Agathe Sanjuan (Comédie-Française), Martial Poirson (Paris 8), Tiphaine Karsenti (Nanterre), Gianni Iotti (Pisa)

This symposium examines the writing of the history of theater in its written form (as a genre) insofar as it adopts, explicitly or not, an epistemological stance (as a science).

Of what and in what proportion do the stories of the theater tell the story? Works, authors, artists, productions, movements, institutions, cultural politics? What are the types, schemes, actantic models, epic formulas, narrative syntaxes of storytelling, even the legend of the history of the theater? Does the accompanying material (dictionary, anecdotes, textbook for the classroom, literary history, theater history, critical essay, audience lecture, meta-theatre, etc.) vary the discourse not only in form but also in content? How does the context and conditions of utterance affect the conception of theatre, its definition and its narration? What are the topoi Return of the legend of artistic careers and aesthetic movements (golden age, vocation, consecration, decline, crises, rivalries, new beginnings, rise to fame, etc.)? Who writes theater history? Do we write this story differently depending on the function? How is it the subject of instrumentalizations that affect the narrative? How is it mobilized for ideological purposes?

Wednesday 7 December 2022Espace des Cordeliers, 15 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, Amphi Farabeuf How is theater history written?

9:00 am Welcoming the participants

9:15 am Opening of the colloquium

Session 1: The hero and his double (Chairman Leonor Delaunay)

9:30 a.m. Violaine Vielmas (Sorbonne University / Rouen)

Jean Vilar: that hero, that nerd. A two-sided myth of popular theater

9:50 Alice Folco (Alps of Grenoble)

Putting an end to the heroization of the director: historiographical reflections on the first decentralization using the example of Jean Dasté

Session 2: Scansion Myths (1) (Presidency Agathe Sanjuan)

10:30 Mathieu Ferrand (Alps of Grenoble):

recreate antiquity. 1552 or the invention of modern comedy

10:50 Charline Granger (ENS Lyon)

A comédie-française set in 18th-century Londone Century: The Story of a Failure

11:10 Emilie Gauthier (Sorbonne University)

Alexandre Dumas, craftsman of the romantic legend at the Comédie-Française

Session 3: Scansion Myths (2) (Chair Pierre Frantz)

14:15 Agathe Giraud (Sorbonne University)

Golden age versus dramatic vanguards: an example of Tell stories History writing in the XIXe and XXe centuries

14:35 Mathilde Dumontet (Race 2)

Putting an end to the mythology of the new theater: confronting teleological narratives without omitting lineages

Session 4: Theater as a historian of itself (Presidency Mara Fazio)

15:35 Judith le Blanc (CESR – Center for Baroque Music Versailles / Rouen)

Sing the history of Parisian theaters in the 18th centurye Century: use and use of variety shows

4:00 p.m. Round Table “Stage Theater History”

Florence Naugrette’s interview with Maxime Kurvers (Birth of a tragedy and theories and practices of action), Pierre Louis-Calixte, from the Comédie-Française (Molière Materials(x)), Florence Viala, from the Comédie-Française (Jean-Baptiste, Madeleine, Armande and the others by Julie Deliquet), Thomas Visonneau (The theater tour in 80 minutes)

Thursday 8 December 2022House of Research, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6eAmphi Molinié (D035) The theater historian, his methods and his sources

Session 5: The theater man historiograph (President Emmanuele De Luca)

9:30 Beatrice Alfonzetti (La Sapienza, Italy)

Luigi Riccoboni, one of the first modern theater historians

9:50 Giovanna Sparacello (Race 2)

Say the Italian actors: the Note istoriche de’ comici italiani by Francesco Bartoli

10:10 Pierre Causse (Rennes 2)

Gaston Baty Historiograph: How to legitimize the staging

Session 6: The historian and the witness (1) (Chair Jean-Claude Yon)

11:15 Jean-Philippe Goujon (Bordeaux-Montaigne) – Laurent Guillo (CMBV)

A censorship-proof manuscript: theHistory of the Royal Academy of Music of the Perfect Brothers

11:35 am Veronique Dominguez-Guillaume (Amiens)

The history of the medieval theater in the XXe Century: Death and Resurrection of the Mysteries by Gustave Cohen

Session 7: The historian and the witness (2) (President Francois Lecercle)

14:30 Matthieu Cailliez (Jean Monnet University – Saint-Etienne)

Writing the history of the Paris Opera Houses between 1847 and 1913

14:50 Silvia Mei (University of Foggia, Italy)

The witness historian and vice versa. Watch, write, make contemporary theater history

Session 8: Living Sources (Chair Andrea Fabiano)

15:30 Renzo Guardenti (Florence, Italy)

Tell the story of the show through pictures. The example of the Italian school

15:50 Léonor Delaunay (Theatrical History Society)

Short Stories Diets. (D) “Theatrical Life” in Literature Behind the Scenes Writing (1840-1940)

7:00 p.m. Reading Show: improvised amphitheater, Amphi Richelieu (duration: one hour)

The actors Françoise Gillard and Hervé Pierre, who took refuge at the Amphi Richelieu for a single rehearsal, have only an hour to conceive the small show they have been commissioned to create: to recreate the great hours and the scenes of the theater’s history their predecessors lived, made and told it. Where will they draw their inspiration from? Are the anecdotes they unearth from actors, playwrights, set painters, critics, men and women of the theater authentic or fabricated? Will they be able to find out the truth?

distribution : Françoise Gillard (member of the Comédie-Française) and Hervé Pierre

Reading show designed by : Agathe Giraud, Florence Naugrette and Clément Scotto di Clemente (with the help of Andrea Fabiano, Georges Forestier, Bénédicte Louvat, Sophie Marchand, Roxane Martin, Juliette Porcher, Agathe Sanjuan, Violaine Vielmas, Jean-Claude Yon)


Friday 9 December 2022 House of Research, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6eAmphi Molinié (D035) The history of the theater, a (geo)political work?

Session 9: Temporalities of history, points of view

09:30 Round table moderated by Marianne Bouchardon

Agathe Sanjuan and Martial Poirson (Comédie-Française, a history of the theatre, Threshold, 2018); Aliette Martin (My Comédie-Française, an intimate history of the House of Molière, Editions du Palais, 2022); Roxanne Martin (An evening on the boulevard of crimeGarnier, 2023)

Session 10: Theater History and National Narrative (Chair Sophie Marchand)

10:50 am Sylvie Humbert-Mougin (guided tours)

Latin tragedy, a gap in the history of the theater? Reconstructions, narratives and controversies in nineteenth-century Europee century

11:10 Laura Naudeix (Race 2)

A lesson in the history of French theater: the example of Richelieu

11:30 Daniel Poletti (Paris Saclay / EPHE)

What story for the Brazilian theater? The entertainment world and its past (XIXe Century-early XXe Century)

Session 11: Fantasias of folk theater (Chairwoman Roxane Martin)

13:30 Julie Vatain (Sorbonne University)

Broadway, Myth Machine

13:50 Marion Denizot (Rennes 2)

Writing theater history “as an amateur”: A teleological vision of history in the service of the ideals of popular theater (about André Degaine)

Session 12: The history of theater as a weapon (Presidency Tiphaine Karsenti)

2:15 p.m. Clement Scotto di Clemente (Sorbonne University)

History as a weapon: strategic questions of historiography in the theatrical disputes of the 17th centurye century

14:35 Fahimeh Najmi (Paris 8 / Iran)

Telling the story of Iranian theater, how and why

14:55 Helene Lecossois (Lille)

The historiography of a disembodied theatre: Irish English-language theatre

final conference

16:30 Yves Jubinville (UQAM, Canada)

Places and non-places in theater history

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