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“IT'S NOT A GRANITE PLATE!”. MIGRANT THEATRE REACTIONS TO HEGEMONIC DISCOURSES ABOUT CULTURAL IDENTITY IN ITALY.

Contemporary identities are characterised by porosity and fluidity – at the crossroads of being historical realities vs imagination's inventions, permanent inherited status vs temporary intentional activations. However, the acknowledgement they are contextual, contrastive, and locally-based is not a painless process. Italy is undergoing this comprehension since the last 30 years, i.e. since the first significant migrants flows to the country and its change towards becoming a multicultural society. However, information by media and politics did not foster a balanced interpretation on the phenomenon, and the attempt to represent migrant people's cultures spread in different, and mostly schizophrenic, directions. Against this background, my paper takes into account multi- and intercultural theatre experiences in Italy, i.e. that theatre based on the participation of local as well as migrant people. Here – embedded in personal biographies and incarnated in protagonists' bodies – 'cultural identity' becomes the most important issue to work about: discussing and deconstructing its traditional understanding is then the first goal, but, by its analysis in workshops and rehearsals and its sharing in the performative act, the same investigation also tracks potential directions for other contents the concept might signify, and, eventually, to its final surpassing.
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