In fiamme. La performance nello spazio delle lotte (1967-1979)
Book launch

28 January 2022, 6.30 pm

In fiamme. La performance nello spazio delle lotte (1967-1979) is a book published by bruno in 2021 and curated by Ilenia Caleo, Piersandra Di Matteo, and Annalisa Sacchi.

The book questions the scene of the long 1968 in Italy at the crossroads between artistic experimentation and political struggle, in search of questions that still trouble the present: community, relational and affective ecosystems, processes of subjectification, relationships between creation and production. The so-called Italian laboratory – radical and not without contradictions – took shape through eccentric paths between the Sixties and Seventies, in the performance that was beginning to deflagrate in the space of struggles – a legacy collected more from the international debate than from Italian theatrical historiography. Through geographies, environments, writings, images, In fiamme tries to see the complex dimension of the performance as a field of production of the common.


In fiamme is a polyphonic object, which assembles different temporalities, writings, images and voices of artists, scholars, activists, moving between theories and practices, between writings and materiality of images. First collective volume of the research group of INCOMMON, the book is a living archive of words and gestures that opens new trajectories of contemporary critical theory.


During the presentation evening there will be a conversation between the curators of the volume and Giada Cipollone, Lorenzo Mango, and Valentina Valentini. The meeting is an opportunity to map and reactivate—as open dialogue—questions and genealogies, from the relationship between aesthetics and politics to the new forms of cultural work, from the epistemological shifts produced by feminisms and postcolonial theories to the minor and affective archives, on the verge of disappearance.


With texts by:

Ilenia Caleo, Piersandra Di Matteo, Annalisa Sacchi, Toni Negri, Marco Baravalle, Lorenzo Mango, Maurizio Lazzarato, Alessandro Pontremoli, Stefano Tomassini, Franco Berardi “Bifo”, Gianni Manzella, Lucia Farinati, Marco Solari, Francesca Corona, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti,  Riccardo Caporossi, Kinkaleri, Giada Cipollone, Lea Melandri, Marion D’Amburgo, Viviana Gravano, Marcella Campagnano, Valeria Graziano, Silvia Bottiroli, Silvia Fanti/Xing, Stefano Brilli, Giuseppe Allegri, Enrico Pitozzi, Maria Grazia Berlangieri, Ippolita Avalli,Caterina Serra, Valentina Valentini, Nicolas Martino, Daniele Vergni, Marco Assennato, Gregory Sholette,  Michele Di Stefano.



Free entrance until capacity reached.
The encounter will take place in the Auditorium.
No booking required.
Access will be permitted exclusively to visitors with FFP2 mask and in possession of the green COVID-19 certification obtained after completing the vaccination or recovery cycle. It is not required for children under 12 years old.



ILENIA CALEO is a performer, activist and researcher at Iuav University of Venice. She works as an actress, performer and dramaturg with various companies and directors. She has a Master Degree in Contemporary Philosophy and gained her PhD Fellow at Università La Sapienza (Roma), with a research project between artistic practices and political theory. She is a co-founder of the Master Gender Studies and Politics of Roma Tre University and she collaborates with “InCommon” ERC Project. Her book Performance, materia, affetti. Una cartografia femminista has recently been published. She is an activist in queer and commons movements, involved in several networks of artistic and precarious struggles.


Giada Cipollone is a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Pavia, where she received her PhD in 2019. She has been involved as postdoctoral fellow within the ERC funded project “INCOMMON. In praise of community”. She is a member of the research center “Self Media Lab. Writings, performance, technologies of the Self”. Her research interests concern: photography and performativity; archive; the contemporary experience of self-construction through bodies.

PIERSANDRA DI MATTEO is performing arts theorist, dramaturge, and curator. She is currently the artistic director of Short Theatre (2022-2024). She is a member of the research team «INCOMMON» at University Iuav of Venice, where she teaches Curation in Performing Arts. For years she has been Romeo Castellucci’s closest theoretical collaborator and dramaturg, working with him in international theatres, museums and festivals. She has been the artistic curator of Atlas of Transitions Biennale (2017-2020).

ANNALISA SACCHI is Associate Professor and Chair in the Graduate program in Theater and Performing Arts at Iuav University of Venice. She is the PI of the ERC winning project “INCOMMON. Praise of the Community”, and member of Pass the MIC! Decolonizing Education through the Arts project, winner of Creative Europe program. She has carried out research in London, at Queen Mary University, the Warburg Institute and UCL, at NYU and at Harvard. Among her books, Il posto del re (2012), Shakespeare per la Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (2014), Itinera.Trajectoires de la forme Tragedia Endogonidia (with E. Pitozzi, 2008).