Performing the Bible: Christian Drama and the Arts

March 22-23, 2018, Washington D.C.

Performing
the Bible:

Christian Drama and the Arts

March 22-23 2018, WASHINGTON D.C.
Museum of the Bible invites you to

Performing the Bible:

Christian Drama and the Arts

a conference that will bring scholars from around the world and a variety of disciplines (art, theater, literature, and music) together.
$150 per general attendee, $100 per museum member
2 day conference limited to first 60 registrants
Lunch, coffee and refreshments provided
Questions? Email us at customerservice@mbible.org

What does 'sacred drama' mean in the Christian tradition?

What is its connection to the written word, liturgy, and visual arts? What rituals, performances, dramatic actions, and images have developed over the centuries?

Museum of the Bible invites you to Performing the Bible: Christian Drama and the Arts, a conference that will bring scholars from around the world and a variety of disciplines (art, theatre, literature, and music) together to discuss these topics in depth.

This conference will address focal points from early Christianity to the modern era from the East to the West, and showcase significant examples of how Christians have staged their sacred history. The conference will highlight how the performance of the sacred is common in art, liturgy, reading, devotion, and preaching, and how it has become an actual theatrical performance.

The conference will be interdisciplinary, and open to the public. Papers will make specialist topics accessible to both scholarly and general audiences, offering an opportunity to explore how different Christian traditions throughout history have performed the Bible.

Conference Schedule


Day 1: Thursday, March 22, 2018

9 a.m.

WELCOME COFFEE

10 a.m.

WELCOME
Corinna Ricasoli, Museum of the Bible

OPENING REMARKS
David Trobisch, Museum of the Bible

10:30 a.m.

WORD, IMAGE, DRAMA
Chair: Rachel Fulton Brown

  1. Timothy Verdon (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence): Christian Art and the Drama of the Liturgy
  2. Carla Bino (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan): A 'Dramatic Turn': The Revolution of Christian Representation
  3. Carolyn Muessig (University of Bristol): Women in Motion: Interacting with the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  4. Discussion

12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

2 p.m.

BETWEEN LITURGY AND THEATRE
Chair: Carolyn Muessig

  1. Glenn Peers (University of Texas at Austin): The Byzantine Material Symphony: Sound, Stuff and Things
  2. Andrew Walker White (George Mason University): No Drama Please, We're Greek: Sacred Plays from a Medieval Orthodox Perspective

2:45 p.m.

COFFEE BREAK

3:30 p.m.

  1. Kamil Kopania (University of Warsaw): Re-enacting the Passion: Animated Sculptures of the Crucified Christ
  2. Nerida Newbigin (University of Sydney): Making Believe and Modelling Behavior: Old Testament Rappresentazioni in Fifteenth-Century Florence
  3. Discussion

5:30 p.m.

END OF FIRST DAY

Day 2: Friday, March 23, 2018

9 a.m.

WELCOME COFFEE

9:30 a.m.

STAGING THE SACRED, PERFORMING THE MYSTERY
Chair: Nerida Newbigin

  1. Nils Holger Petersen (University of Copenhagen): Enacting Sacred Narrative: Biblical, Liturgical and Sacramental Practices in the Latin West
  2. Anna Maria Testaverde (University of Bergamo): The Suardi Codex: Devotional Iconography and Dramaturgy in a "Handwritten Book" from Bergamo (1492-1493)

10:15 a.m.

COFFEE BREAK

10:45 a.m.

  1. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi (Tel Aviv University): Christian Drama and Jewish Drama in Medieval Europe
  2. Allie Terry-Fritsch (Bowling Green State University): Performing the Passion: Art, Vision and Immersive Action in the Italian Holy Lands
  3. Discussion

12:30 p.m.

LUNCH

2:30 p.m.

THE THEATRE OF GLORY
Chair: Nils Holger Petersen

  1. Rachel Fulton Brown (University of Chicago): Mary in the Scriptures: Container and Way
  2. Fabrizio Fiaschini (University of Pavia): Commedia dell'Arte vs Counter-Reformation? Notes on a Relationship at the Boundaries of Orthodoxy
  3. Francesc Massip (Universitat Rovira i Virgili): Performing Glory: The Mystery of Elche on Contemporary Stages
  4. Discussion

5 p.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Jean-Claude Schmitt, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

5:30 p.m.

THANKS & CLOSING
Corinna Ricasoli, Museum of the Bible


Performing the Bible:

Christian Drama and the Arts

Will address focal points from early Christianity to the modern era, from the East to the West, and showcase significant examples of how Christians have staged their sacred history.

Will highlight how the performance of the sacred is common in liturgy, reading, devotion, and preaching, and how it has become an actual theatrical performance.

Will bring scholars from around the world and a variety of disciplines (art, theater, literature, and music) together.

Conference Curators


Corinna Ricasoli, PhD

Corinna Ricasoli, PhD, is Curator of Fine Arts with Museum of the Bible. Previously, she worked at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, as a researcher and curatorial assistant at the Département des Arts Graphiques. She has frequently been invited to guest lecture at several institutions, including University College Dublin, the National Gallery of Ireland, and Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata.

Corinna also holds research associateships at the UCD Humanities Institute (Dublin, Ireland) and at the Vatican Apostolic Library. Her research interests focus on Early Modern European Art, specifically Roman Baroque Art on which she has published several articles in English and Italian. In anticipation of the tercentennial of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s birth (1720–2020), Corinna is currently drawing up a complete catalog of Piranesi’s prints at the Vatican Apostolic Library for publication.

Carla Bino, PhD

Carla Bino, PhD, is Associate Professor of History of Theatre in the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. Her research interests include the theory of representation and the culture of dramatic performance of the Christian Middle Ages, with particular attention to the staging of Christ’s Passion. From 1998 to 2013 she served as artistic director of Crucifixus–Festival di Primavera, a performing arts festival devoted to the passion of Christ.

She is the author of Il dramma e l’immagine. Teorie cristiane della rappresentazione (II–XI sec) (2015) and Dal trionfo al pianto. La fondazione del ‘teatro della misericordia’ nel Medioevo (V–XIII secolo) (2008). She co-authored with Roberto Tagliani Con le braccia in croce. La Regola e l’Officio della quaresima dei disciplini di Breno (2012), as well as co-edited with Manuele Gragnolati Il corpo glorioso (2006) and Il corpo passionato (2003).



Sacred Drama Committee Members


Giorgio Bonsanti, PhD




Silvia Castelli, PhD




Anna Maria Testaverde, PhD




Giorgio Bonsanti is an art historian, earning his degree in the History of Art at the University of Florence in 1970. From 1968-1988 he held various positions including assistant to the director at Casa Buonarroti and director of the Galleria Estense, the Medici Chapels, San Marco Museum, Galleria dell’Accademia, and Ufficio Restauri.

From 1988 to 2000, Bonsanti was Superintendent at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (O.P.D.), the national conservation institute. He was on the Scientific Council for the Conservation of Wall Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In 2000 he was appointed the first Italian Full Professor of “Conservation History and Techniques” (University of Turin).

Bonsanti directed the journal O.P.D. Restauro, serves on the journal Kermes: Magazine for Conservation, and is the author of many publications on artists and on the science of preserving and restoring art. He has been a presenter at many symposia and conferences.

Since 2004, he has been a member of the Commission for Preventive Conservation of the Louvre. In 2016, he was appointed President of the National Commission for the Teaching of Restoration charged with the accreditation of universities and art academies.

Silvia Castelli is a historian of performing arts and a librarian, currently serving at the University of Bergamo with a Research Fellowship associated to the Chair of the Theater and Performance History.

Castelli received her PhD in History of Performing Arts at the University of Florence in 1997. In 1999 she began to work at the National Central Library of Florence in music and prints.

She attained a position at the Marucelliana Library, Florence, in 2003, and graduated from the School of Paleography, Diplomatics, and Archival Science from the Florence State Archive in 2005. Subsequently she became head of the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Marucelliana Library where she was responsible of the promotion of the library through guided tours, events, and exhibitions.

She transferred to the Riccardiana Library in 2012 where she has continued her work in the history of performance as well as her work as a librarian promoting the library’s artistic and book heritage, including manuscripts, prints, and drawings.

Anna Maria Testaverde is Professor of the History of Theater, University of Bergamo (Italy). She attained her PhD with honors from the School of Performing Arts, University of Florence (Italy).

From 2010–2016, Testaverde was the director of the “Lelio Pagani” Center for Territorial Studies, University of Bergamo. In 2003–2004, she was the local coordinator of the graduate program for University of Bergamo in philosophy and theatrical and cinematic arts at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. She was also on the teaching staff of the History of Performing Arts Graduate School at the University of Florence.

She was the artistic advisor for the Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo from 2004 to 2009, and since 2005 has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Fondazione Mantova Capitale Europea dello Spettacolo. Since 2008 she has been the co-editor with Siro Ferrone of Commedia Dell’Arte: Annuario Internazionale published by Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki–Firenze.

Location

400 4th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024-4706