Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Edition 2021


Piersandra Di Matteo - Contemporary Performing Arts Theorist, Playwright and Curator

Piersandra Di Matteo

Piersandra Di Matteo is a contemporary performing arts researcher, dramaturge, and curator. After gaining a PhD in Theatre and Cinema Studies at the University of Bologna, where she also carried out her post-doctoral work, she now teaches Directing at the Fine Arts Academy in Bologna. Her theoretical interests range from post-dramatic theatre to practices in curating, and from linguistics to contemporary philosophy. For the results of her academic research in the contemporary performing arts, she has been invited to hold conferences and seminars in international research centers and Universities (Hong Kong, Rome, Xangai, London, Singapore, Montreal, Amsterdam, Nova York, Philadelphia) and was a visiting professor at MESTC / CUNY The City University of New York in 2017.

For years she has been Romeo Castellucci’s closest theoretical collaborator and dramaturge, working with him in Europe’s foremost theatres and international festivals, among which the Opéra de Paris, Festival d’Avignon, Ruhrtriennale, Théàtre La Monnaie Bruxelles, Schaubühne Berlin, Wiener Festwochen, Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra de Lyon, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.

Among the numerous projects that she has curated are the multi-format project E la volpe disse al corvo in Bologna, for which she received a Premio UBU in 2014. She was also the artistic curator of the Atlas of Transitions Biennale in Bologna (2017–20), project for Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione.

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