A research seminar co-organised by the CMBV, the Centre for Renaissance Studies (Tours University), Côté d’Azur University and the CTEL (Literature & Performing Arts research centre), in collaboration with the ELCI (Italian Literature & Culture) at the Sorbonne university.
The seminar serves as a platform for reflection on the flow of artistic practices during the Ancien Régime between the main Paris theatres (the Comédie-Française, Comédie-Italienne, Académie Royale de Musique and Paris fairground theatres). From the early 17th century, the Paris stage engaged in competitiveness and emulation, each theatre drawing inspiration from the repertoire and successes of its rivals when it came to dramaturgy, stage sets, music or acting techniques.
Today’s findings and current research shows the need for a procedural and artistic crosscutting approach to the study of the Paris theatres. To shed light on the exchange processes at the time, the seminar will cover external issues such as dramaturgy, acting skills, musical practices, dance notation and the phenomenon of stardom, as well as technical aspects such as stage sets, stage machinery and costumes. It will also focus on the role of family networks and artist mobility in the exchange and circulation of ideas and expertise.