It does not happen too often that one single theatre is reported on interna- tionally. Obviously, Teatro Valle in Rome really seems to make a differ- ence here. After a back and forth and plans to sell the oldest and one of the most important Italian theatres in or- der to end the Valle's history, it was occupied by its artists and employees on June 14th, 2011 -- and still is. Since then it is run by the occupants, the comunardi, and the news report that the Valle has experienced its second spring. While it is said to be amongst the most popular theatres in Rome, the Fondazione Teatro Valle Bene Comune [Foundation Teatro Valle Common Good] presents us with a unique and controversial con- cept to liberate the Valle from empty national and communal coffers.
In this issue, Nicola Fano and Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli discuss the occupa- tion and analyse the success and the shortcommings of the comunardi. Valerio Gatto Bonanni, founding member of the Fondazione, speaks about their aims and motifs, and makes up an interim balance. Franco Ungaro draws conclusions about au- tonomy and practical alternatives for European theatre. Gerd Buurmann examines the situation and the con- troversy of Teatro Valle to answer the question about the future of theatre in general.
Daniel Austerfield and Katharina Herold
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