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Performing arts and literature for children: when complex systems interlock

The close relationship between children’s literature and performing arts – theatre in particular – is often taken for granted. And just as frequently, many think that picturebooks or literary works can be directly and very easily translated into shows or narrations.
Of course, there are common points, but we need to be able to catch them beyond all stereotypes and banalisations, aware that not all adaptations can automatically become high-quality live shows.
The seminar will explore the complexity of children’s literature, a large system that includes endless sub-genres – from illustration, prose, poetry, to iconotext, a “third language” establishing a deep, unbreakable bond between text and illustration.
Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 to 13:00: we will spend the morning with scholars and artists, reflecting on the characteristics of the literary and iconic dimensions, listening to the words and thoughts of those who live, work, and experience theatre and performing arts with all their possible interactions every day. To always be able to provide young boys and girls with a high-quality artistic offer, will these two universes follow parallel or interlocking paths?

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  • 19 Sat


Teatro Testoni Ragazzi - La Baracca

Via Giacomo Matteotti, 16, 40129 Bologna BO
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In collaboration with CRLI – Children’s Literature Research Centre of the University of Bologna and Bologna Children's Book Fair
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Milena Bernardi (Department of Science of Education “Giovanni Maria Bertin” - University of Bologna)
Chiara Carminati (writer and translator)
Klaas Verplancke (illustrator, Belgium)
Susanna Barsotti (Department of Science of Education – University Roma Tre, Rome)
Marco Dallari (Department of Science of Education “Giovanni Maria Bertin” - University of Bologna)
Roberto Frabetti (La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi)