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Mar 11 2023 - 17:00

Sala conferenze di Rovereto della Fondazione Caritro

Confini conflitti rotte. Geopolitica della danza

Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino, dance critic and historian, presents her latest book on Saturday 11 March at 6pm in the conference room of the Fondazione Caritro in Rovereto in dialogue with journalist and critic Carmelo A. Zapparrata.

Dance: a minor art for a select few and hostile to most or a highly symbolic cultural heritage, a mirror of regimes, rites and civilisations?

The author in Confini conflitti rotte. Geopolitica della danza finds the conditions of existence of this art in the social structures and political choices of every place on planet Earth where it unfolds with its technique, its aesthetics, its messages, in time and space.

Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino looks at dance as a mirror of the organisation of communities, of conflicts, of ideological battles, of the boundaries that are supposed to enclose it. She critiques the western meaning of the word "dance", which evokes and refers to the evolution of ballet in modern and post-modern forms, considered superior and more evolved than the "others", and shows an interpretation of the events of the body in performance from a global, comprehensive perspective that includes issues of "race", gender, identity, and costume.

It is possible to purchase a copy of the book during the event. Participation is free of charge with prior booking: click on book at the top right and fill in the form.


A graduate in Philosophy, publicist, critic since 1984 of the daily newspapers Il Giorno, La Nazione, Il Resto del Carlino, collaborator of Ballett International/Tanz Aktuell, Balletto Oggi /Ballet 2000 , Il Giornale della Musica, TheClassic Voice, Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino has taught History of Dance at the Scuola di Ballo della Scala in Milan. She is artistic director of the contemporary dance section of the MAS in Milan.

She has written essays for exhibition catalogues and theatre programmes on dance and ballet and since 2003 she has been a dance consultant for the Venice Biennale, where she also edits essays, publications and conferences. In recent years she has published Danze plurali: l'altrove qui and Il tango.


Since 2010, he has been working as a journalist and dance critic, collaborating with newspapers, such as La Repubblica-Bologna, radio and several specialised magazines, among which the periodicals Danza&Danza, Danza&Danza International, Hystrio and Classic Voice.

Carmelo Zapparrata graduated and specialised in the History of Dance at the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, where he was appointed "Cultore della Materia" in History of Dance. Former editor of Unibo's scientific journal Danza e Ricerca, from 2009 to 2020, and Professor of History of Dance at the Liceo Coreutico Niccoli-Palli in Livorno, from 2014 to 2017, he participates as a scholar in various international conferences.