ZANG TUMB TUUM… 100 works of Futurism

The Performing Arts

If the “Serate futuriste”, in which the futurists provocatively presented new ideas and manifestos, was evidence of their acting and improvisation talent, they found a new level of perfection in the world of theatre. Marinetti’s “Manifesto dei drammaturghi futuristi” (1911) appealed for new topics; four years later, “Il teatro futurista sintetico” broke with the old traditions. The new form of theatre was to be synthetic, that is, very short and focussed on the basics, whereby countless situations and impressions collide with one another. The action also spread from the stage into the audience and actively involved the audience members. In the comedy “La congiura dei passeri” (1927), Giovanni Gerbino portrays some of Marinetti’s theories in allegorical form. The old moulds were also broken in the music world and a new way found to reflect the rapid developments in modern society. Luigi Russolo was successful here with his noise music (bruitismo). The sound of the loud new world was not rendered in tones, but in noises, which were produced by instruments he had invented himself (intonarumori). Today, Russolo is regarded as one of the fathers of electronic music. Francesco Balilla Pratella is considered to be the most famous composer of futurist music, he joined the movement in 1910 with the “Manifesto dei musicisti futuristi”.

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