Convegno Internazionale di Studi

Times for Change, Conference Salzburg

AIRDanza, aCD e il Dipartimento di Musicologia e Studi di Danza (Abteilung Musik- und Tanzwissenschaft) dell’ Università di Salisburgo  organizzano il Convegno Internazionale di Studi: Tempi di cambiamento. Migrazioni transnazionali e incroci culturali nella danza dell’Ottocento - Salisburgo, 28-30 novembre 2019. 

Welcome to the website for the conference Times for Change: Transnational Migrations and Cultural Crossings in Nineteenth-Century Dance, a collaboration of AIRDanza (Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sulla Danza), aCD (association des Chercheurs en Danse) and the Department of Musicology and Dance Studies (Abteilung Musik- und Tanzwissenschaft) at the University of Salzburg.

The conference will be held at the University of Salzburg, Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, from 28 to 30 November 2019. For further information concerning the conference venue and to travel assistance see Contact.

Confirmed speakers are Anja Arend, Roberta Albano, Valentina Bonelli, Theresa Buckland, Julia Bührle, Elena Cervellati, Annamaria Corea, Ornella Di Tondo, Francesca Falcone, Johanna Hilari, Claudia Jeschke, Bruno Ligore, Geraldine Morris, Tatiana Nikitina, Gunhild Oberzaucher-Schüller, Stefania Onesti, David Popalisky, Olivia Sabee, Stephanie Schroedter, Debra H. Sowell, Madison U. Sowell, Jean-Philippe Van Aelbrouck, and Maria Venuso.

Participation is free of charge, registration requestedmusik.tanzwissenschaft[at]

The organization of the conference is supported by Stadt Salzburg and Land Salzburg, aDC, AIRdanza, and the University of Salzburg.

Selection Committee: Roberta Albano (Independent Scholar), Irene Brandenburg (Universität Salzburg), Francesca Falcone (formerly at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Roma and currently President of AIRDanza), Nicole Haitzinger (Universität Salzburg), Bénédicte Jarrasse (aCD, Labex Obvil Université Paris-Sorbonne), Paologiovanni Maione (Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella, Naples), Bruno Ligore (École Doctorale LASH, Université Côte d’Azur, Nice), and Maria Venuso (Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples).

Organizing Committee: Irene Brandenburg, Francesca Falcone, Bruno Ligore, and Anna-Lena Wieser.

Nineteenth-century dance built upon a dense network of transcultural and intercultural relationships among European centers and on an extensive network of professionals in the theatrical world who created a real “ballet industry”. The conventional history of dance often focuses on the historical identity of an institution’s past without adopting the multifocal perspective that on the contrary constituted the lifeblood of past dance practices, which instead were constructed according to a “multidirectional” logic. From this situation we see the importance of the study and analysis of the artistic networks and the choreographic practices of the nineteenth century against the backdrop of diverse political systems and different socio-cultural contexts. For this reason it is crucial for dance studies to adopt a transcultural approach that focuses on dialogue and on reciprocal influences that various cultures exerted on past artists and on the groups of workers who acted in the field of dance and music.
Through a meticulous analytical and transdisciplinary approach, the conference focuses on the phenomenon of mobility amongst artists of the European music and dance theater in the nineteenth century and on the social and political aspects that influenced artistic and cultural developments. One of the many tracks to trace could be the triangulation of lively exchanges of dance cultures between Italy, France and Austria, which were of particular importance to the culture of nineteenth-century dance in Vienna, Paris and the Italian theatrical centers of Milan, Florence, Venice and Naples. The conference aims to challenge recurring ideas of dance historiography, highlight paths and developments of dance practices in diverse contexts and it will initiate a transdisciplinary and international exchange project among scholars in order to create synergies and promote dialogue on new research results and perspectives.

Thematic areas include:

  • Transnational biographies of dance artists: artistic profiles, career mechanisms, strategies and reception models.
  • Artistic networks and circulation among artists in the theater world.
  • Techniques and dance styles: Particularly appreciated will be papers able to compare different stylistic and technical elements adopted in the practice of theatrical dance in Europe, including elements useful in recalibrating any “artisanal” aspect adaptable to choreographic art.
  • Case studies: dance practice of individual theaters; relationship between dance, music and scenography; creation of repertoire; circulation of productions; institutional aspects of the production conditions of musical and dance theater in the European panorama of the nineteenth century.

Participation is free of charge, registration requested: musik.tanzwissenschaft[at]