Theatre and Multimedia

Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: LAURA PERNICE

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course makes the student capable of mastering the subject matter (knowledge) in order to use and apply it in other areas of study as well, with the correct use of the technical-specific language of reference (skills).

In application of the Dublin descriptors the course:

1. provides students, most of whom have already studied Disciplines of Performing Arts, with tools for in-depth historical-critical and thematic-methodological study around the new forms of digital performance, with specific references to the concepts of intermediality, remediation and theatrical cinefication.

2. develops his/her autonomous ability to relate what he/she has learned to other art-historical disciplines;

3. it enables him/her to use the knowledge acquired and the specific language learned for so-called ‘transversal skills’ (autonomy of judgment, communication skills) and to develop them both in the analysis of materials covered in class and in the reading and interpretation of new texts.

Course Structure

The first lessons (about 20 hours) will be dedicated to explaining and analysing the contents of module A. The others lessons will be dedicated to module B and thus to an in-depth study of the direction intermedial practices, in live cinema and chroma key, of Motus.

To enable students to acquire the methodological tools necessary to analyze the performances discussed in classroom, films and videos related to some of the case studies contained in the texts in the program will be projected and commented during the lessons.

Students will also be invited to view performances in city theatres.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

MODULE A Theatre, media, liveness (3 ECTS)

This module describes the relationship that theatre and performing arts develop with current digital media. Concepts from Media Studies such as intermediality, remediation, cinefication will be placed in relation to theatrology and specific issues related to it, such as liveness, the relationship between real and virtual space, augmented reality and interactive spectacularity, in order to understand with what theoretical-methodological tools it is possible to analyze the multimedia performance.


MODULE B Theatre in live cinema and chroma key (3 ECTS)

This path serves to clarify, through the viewing of Motus’s intermedial directions and the study of scientific contributions related to them, the forms of theatre characterized by the use of electronic technologies and expressive styles, such as live cinema and chroma key, from cinema and digital media.

Textbook Information

MODULE A Theatre, media, liveness (3 ECTS)


- V. Del Gaudio, Théatron. Verso una mediologia del teatro e della performance, Roma, Meltemi, 2001, pp. 216.

- E. Fuoco, Né qui, né ora: peripezie mediali della performance contemporanea, Milano, Ledizioni, 2022, preface and chap. 1 (pp. 9-66), chap. 3 and 4 (pp. 101-199). 


MODULE B Theatre in live cinema and chroma key (3 ECTS)


- Motus, Panorama (2018).

- Motus, Chroma Keys (2018).


For the study :

- L. Pernice, Un teatro che vede tutto. La regia intermediale di Motus in Panorama e Chroma Keys, in Re-directing. La regia nello spettacolo del XXI secolo, ed. by di L. Bandirali, D. Castaldo, F. Ceraolo, Lecce, UniSalento University Press, 2020, pp. 235-244.

- D. Legge, M. Lino, «Se non mi guardi non brillo» («If you don’t look at me I don’t shine»). The mise-en-scene of the body in Chroma Keys. Interview with Motus, «Between», X/20 (2020), pp. 368-380.

- L. Pernice, «No borderline between arts». Intermedial Practices in the Motus Scene, in Performing/Transforming. Transgressions and Hybridizations Across Texts, Media, Bodies, edited by F. Puglisi, Torino, OTTO editore, 2021, pp. 85-98.

 - A. M. Monteverdi, Leggere uno spettacolo multimediale. La nuova scena tra video mapping, interaction design e Intelligenza Artificiale, Dino Audino, Roma, 2020, chap. 2 (pp. 24-40) and 3 (pp. 41-48).


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All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.