Performing Arts

The history of Florentine performance spaces is an important part of Florence’s cultural heritage both for the relevant chronological span involved (15th-20th centuries) and for the broad network of venues involved. In fact, the project involves the census and georeferencing not only of theatres, cinemas and concert halls, but also of occasional performance venues such as churches and convents, the halls of public and private palaces, squares and streets, gardens and courtyards. A history full of decisive experiences for the birth of modern theatre to be studied through IT tools. In particular, the GIS mapping approach makes it possible to re-interpret the geography and history of these spaces in a new way, profitably relating them to the city and its urban development. Only in this way will it be possible to understand all their historical and cultural complexity as an instrument of strong civic identity.

Team Members

Lorena Vallieri

PhD in History of the Performing Arts, he is a research fellow at the SAGAS Department of the University of Florence. She is part of the research group of the project Le ereditĂ  culturali. Studio, gestione e valorizzazione delle ereditĂ  culturali del territorio fiorentino come contributo agli obiettivi dello Sviluppo Sostenibile, within which she deals with the Spaces for the History of the Florentine Performing Arts. She collaborates in the project Iconografia teatrale e Digital Humanities: l’Archivio Dionysos, directed by Renzo Guardenti, and is editor-in-chief of the class A open access journal “Drammaturgia” new series. She has conducted numerous studies on the spectacle in Bologna between the 16th and 18th centuries and is the author of various publications in academic journals, collective volumes and proceedings of international conferences, as well as the critical edition of the unpublished tragedy Giuliano cacciatore by Melchiorre Zoppio (2023).