Centre for the Study of the Fairground Theatres and the Comédie-Italienne
The Centre was created in 1999 by Françoise Rubellin, professor at the University of Nantes, following the international colloquium entitled “Les théâtres de la Foire 1678-1762”, with the support of two great specialists, Barry Russell from England (creator of the website foires.net) and David Trott from Canada, both deceased. The original project was to create a lasting link between researchers who were geographically dispersed, and to favour an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together theatre, music and dance: the Fairground plays are more show libretti than simple literary, textual objects.
Today, the Centre extends its research and its publications to the repertory of the Comédie-Italienne, having as a priority to edit manuscripts of plays that have never been re-edited, and to restore their musical dimension.
- The Centre is working on the publication of several plays still in manuscript versions only of the Fairground theatres and the Comédie-Italienne in the form of separate editions or of collections.
- The Centre is currently undertaking research on parodies of opera, with the support of the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche), the Région Pays de la Loire and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange-Guépin.
- The Centre trains numerous students in research during their MA and PhD theses, and provides access for them to an important number of microfilms of unedited plays, as well as a specialised collection of documents.
- The members of the Centre (PhD candidates and MA students included) publish articles and present papers in colloquia in France and abroad.
- The Centre actively collaborates with specialised researchers in the field of Fairground theatres and the Comédie-Italienne in France and abroad (Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, etc.).
- The Centre works in partnership with several cultural structures dedicated to music and theatre, in Nantes and in the region Pays de la Loire (Angers Nantes Opéra, Le Grand T, La Folle Journée of the CRÉA) as well as with ensembles (Hugo Reyne’s Simphonie du Marais) and troupes (Thierry Pillon’s L’Éternel Éphémère, Chantal David’s Bel Viaggio). With them, we put into place activities for communication, creation and research development.
- The Centre has organised, for over ten years, a monthly seminar, study days and colloquia.
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