Theatre of sounds. Theatrical and territorial acoustic spaces

4th International Workshop on Soundscapes: Verscio, Accademia Teatro Dimitri, June 13th, and Locarno, DFA, June 14th, 2019

The workshop focuses on the sound dimension in theatrical practices and experiences: from corporeal knowledge to the condensation of space-time, from the fundamental interactions with the present-time to the anthropological composition of identity bonds. The sound dimension of the theatrical experience has always been central in Western performance culture, strongly tied to an important tradition of prose that has often defined its main developments, but has not been adequately taken into account with respect to its influences on creative and dramaturgical processes. A research project on sounds in the theater is still in its infancy, but it is finding fertile ground at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri both in reflections on the soundscape of physical theater (Quadri, 2017) and through projects in preparation investigating comedy, music, and sound effects, that the musicologist Anna Stoll Knecht will launch in 2019 ("Music and Clowning in Europe, 20th-21st Centuries").

The workshop is a proposal of the Swiss Association for Theatre Studies (SATS) in collaboration with the Education and Training Department of SUPSI and the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, and with the support of the Swiss Academy of Human and Social Sciences (as part of the "La Suisse existe - La Suisse n'existe pas / Raum - Espace").


Scientific program:

June 13th, Verscio, Teatro Dimitri, 6:00pm - 8:30pm: Introductory public event



Welcome by the Swiss Association for Theater Studies (Paola Gilardi, co-chair of SATS)

Launch of the theme: "How does the region resonate in theatrical spaces?"

Presentation of three case studies and two research projects

-Il rumore lontano. A regional reading exercise of the Canton Ticino through sound (2018)

-Centovalli-Centoricordi (2013)

-Re Cervo (2014, performance result of the research project "SPASS - Synergies between Artistic Practices and Sustainable Shifts")

-groove feeling - Artistic scientific research on the groove phenomenon (in English)

-Music and Clowning in Europe, 20th-21st Centuries (in English)



Case studies and research projects

"Il rumore lontano", "Centovalli-Centoricordi" and "Re Cervo" are experiences and investigations that revolve around the red thread of the Centovallina: a fascinating railway track, at the same time international and local, which brings into question the cultural and political borders between two neighboring regions. The speakers of the event will reflect on the spaces and sounds that denote the movement of the train in a space-time that is technologically accurate (and for Switzerland the train also exists as a territorial marker), in a continuous game of references to the train as an inhabited space, characterized by imperceptible pulsating rhythms of those who experience the train as a place where distance is not measured in the spatial metric, but in the temporal one. But the train and the scenic events that its passengers have seen will also be the starting point for reflecting, based on concrete experiences, on the spatial and sound dimensions of theater-making modes that are deeply rooted in a relationship of anthropologically strong links with geographical and cultural border crossings.

To broaden the perspective around the themes of the theatrical and regional soundscapes, besides the case studies, two research projects will also be presented. The first is dedicated to the "groove feeling" and represents, as a sort of counterpart to the focus on a region as an anthropological place, an exploration of the relationship between body and sound in dance-club spaces. The second, devoted to music and clowning in 20th and 21st century Europe, will launch the reflection of an imminent research project on the intertwining of sonority and comedy.


Antonella Astolfi, teacher of voice, Accademia Teatro Dimitri

Oliviero Giovannoni, musician, composer, teacher of rhythm, Accademia Teatro Dimitri

Sebastian Matthias, researcher, choreographer, and associate artist at K3 - Zentrum fĂĽr Choreographie ; Tanzplan Hamburg in Kampnagel

Anna Stoll Knecht, musicologist and researcher, Jesus College, University of Oxford / Accademia Teatro Dimitri

Lorena Rocca, Head of Research Area of the DFA, Professor of Geography Education DFA SUPSI and University of Padua

Additional information

During the evening it will be possible to visit the installation of "Il rumore lontano" by Xabier Erkizia, sound-artist, freelance researcher and professor at the San Sebastian Film School


June 14th, DFA Locarno (Piazza San Francesco 19), 8:30am - 6:30pm: workshop

8:30am opening of the day

Hours 9:30 B203, B204, B205.

Through the Openspace methodology, the participants are invited to reflect on the critical aspects and opportunities connected to the theme: "How does the region resound in theatrical spaces?"

Those who presented the abstract with a favorable feedback of their peers will participate at the Openspace.


Sending abstract

Contributions are welcome from all fields of research and art in English or in the three national languages (Italian, French, German). To submit a contribution proposal to the workshop, an extended abstract with a minimum length of 1500 and a maximum of 2000 words is required. Contributions will be submitted to a peer review process.

The deadline for sending contributions is May 26, 2019 (Central European Time)

For more information:


To send an abstract, write to:


The extended abstracts of the accepted papers will be published in a monographic volume. The volume will be bilingual (English and Italian) published according to Open Access channels.



June 13th evening: Free admission

Participation on the day of June 14th is also free, by booking: 

The aperitif-dinner of the 13th and lunch on the 14th are also offered.

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