In January 2010, the library of Il Funaro Cultural Centre of Pistoia (Italy) was enriched with the precious donation of the Andres Neumann’s Archive and Legacy including his professional archives as well as his theatrical library of books, posters and videos.
The Archive is one of the most important collections of documentary heritage concerning the history of Performing Arts worldwide during the last forty years, including the history of Andres Neumann International, an agency that since 1978 has been an essential reference point for cutting edge international artists such as Peter Brook, Tadeusz Kantor, Dario Fo, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Ingmar Bergman, Pina Bausch, Luca Ronconi, Andrzej Wajda, Robert Wilson and the Living Theatre, and which has brought to life memorable productions such as Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata, Ingmar Bergman’s Hamlet, and Pina Bausch’s Palermo Palermo.
The Archive consists of a complex range of document types, containing some 60.000 single pieces, broken down among contracts, correspondence with major personalities of the international stage, portfolios, set designs, photos, press reviews, flyers, theatre programs and posters, as well as a selection of audio-visual material.
The documents bear witness of a lifetime activity, and offer an accurate view of the work of many of 20th century Masters of the Performing Arts.
These documents are now available to those who wish to make use of them for passion, study, or work.
Giada Petrone, who has curated the first reorganisation of the documents, has inaugurated the process of recognition of the value of the Andres Neumann Foundation. The task of analysing, digitizing and cataloguing the assets has been running since 2012 with the support of University of Florence
Andres Neumann: Producer of the Archive
Massimiliano Barbini: Responsible of Il Funaro Cultural Center Library and Documentation.
Giada Petrone: Responsible for Andres Neumann’s Archive and Legacy.
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS.
Digital memory of contemporary Performing Arts.
Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy (2012-2013)
The project sponsored by the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Arts and Performance of the University of Florence, under the Direction and Scientific Supervision of Prof. Renzo Guardenti, aims to promote and enhance the Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy through digitizing the stored documents and cataloguing them according to the most reliable methods of our time, in order to enhance their value as a source for the history of contemporary Performing Arts.
The project has been funded jointly by:
University of Florence and the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia Foundation.
Renzo Guardenti: Scientific Supervisor.
Maria Fedi: Scientific Coordinator.
Giada Petrone: Responsible for the Andres Neumann’s Archive and Legacy.
Viola Fantoni, Diletta Landi, Claudia Renzi: Digitizing and Cataloguing.
Project to enhance, promote and give value to the Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy (under way).
The project, developed by Andres Neumann and Giada Petrone, aims to give value and promote the entire Andres Neumann Archive and Legacy, including the documents prior to 1972 (the Latin American period), the documents concerning the 1972 to 2000 period (in Europe), as well as the current archive of Andres Neumann, starting from the year 2000 up to the present day.
The project intends to present work and give insight, by means of interviews, lectures, exhibitions, live performances, the internet, YouTube and other media, on the subject of events and performances presented and produced by Andres Neumann International in 30 years of activity.
ANDRES NEUMANN’S THEATRICAL ARCHIVE:
DEVELOPMENT & PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES 2009/18
The First Arrengement of the entire Archive was curated by Giada Petrone (2009)
• From the Andres Neumann Theater Archive: Stills from Contemporary Theater (Il Funaro Centro Culturale, curated by Renzo Guardenti and Maria Fedi, Pistoia, 21 and 23 October 2011)
• ‘La Tragédie de Carmen’ by Peter Brook: Tales of a legendary staging.
Exhibition of items from the Andres Neumann Theater Archive related to Peter Brook’s ‘La Tragédie de Carmen’, (Enrico Caruso Museum, Villa Bellosguardo, Lastra a Signa, Florence, March 13th and 20th, 2015)
• Exhibition Catalog
From the Archive of Andres Neumann: Scenes from the Contemporary Theater.
Curated by Renzo Guardenti, Maria Fedi (edited by) Il Funaro, Pistoia, 2011.
The Andres Neumann Archive: Memories of Contemporary Performance, by Maria Fedi, introduction by Renzo Guardenti, and a note by Giada Petrone, (Titivillus, 240 pages, Corazzano, Pisa, 2013)
Inventory of the Andres Neumann Theater Archive.
Curated by Andrea Ottanelli (edited by) Il Funaro, Pistoia, 2016.
(This project was made possible by the support of the Archival and Bibliographic State Agency of Tuscany, and the Tuscan Region, in the frame of the Agreement for the enhancement of archival heritage, the coordination of interventions and protection of Archives and Libraries)
• ‘La Tragédie de Carmen’: Tales of a legendary staging.
Idea, direction and performed by Massimiliano Barbini.
This event was organized in cooperation with the Enrico Caruso Museum (Villa Bellosguardo, Lastra a Signa), and the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence (March 2015)
• The Living Archive: Palermo Palermo by Pina Bausch. The artist, the city. (The Andres Neumann Archive tells a story about Pina Bausch)
Idea, direction and performed by Massimiliano Barbini and Gennaro Scarpato, with the help of the Luigi Tronci Foundation (Pistoia), and the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory (Florence).
(First performance: Cinema of the Company, Florence, 31 May 2018)
(This project was made possible thanks to the support of the Archival and Bibliographic State Agency of Tuscany, and the Tuscan Region, in the frame of the Agreement for the enhancement of archival heritage, the coordination of interventions and protection of Archives and Libraries)
‘Pina Bausch in Rome’
Directed by Graziano Graziani (2017)
Production: Riccione Teatro and Andres Neumann.
(This documentary was made possible thanks to the support of the Archival and Bibliographic State Agency of Tuscany, and the Tuscany Region, in the frame of the Agreement for the enhancement of archival heritage, the coordination of interventions and protection of Archives and Libraries)
DIGITISATION & SCAN
• Digitisation of the entire corpus of theatrical posters present in the Archive (Il Funaro Cultural Center, 2011).
• Digitisation of the photographic corpus present in the Archive, and part of the documents studied in the frame of a project curated by the Department of History, Archeology, Geography, Arts & Performance of the University of Florence under the direction of Prof. Renzo Guardenti: ‘Digital memories of the contemporary performance in Tuscany 1970-2010: the Andres Neumann Archive’ (2012)
• Digitisation of Andres Neumann’s private and professional photographic fund of about 13k images held on different media: paper, slides, negatives, digital (Web Digitale, Rome, under the coordination of Giada Petrone, 2015)
(The Digitisation process was made possible thanks to the support of the Archival and Bibliographic State Agency of Tuscany, and the Tuscan Region, in the frame of the Agreement for the enhancement of archival heritage, the coordination of interventions and the protection of Archives and Libraries)
Creation of the Archive’s official Website (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, SNS, coordinated by Giada Petrone, 2017):
(The creation of the Website was made possible thanks to the support of the Archivist and Bibliographic State Agency of Tuscany and the Tuscan Region, in the frame of the Agreement for the enhancement of archival heritage, the coordination of interventions and protection of Archives and Libraries)
Producer of the Archive: Andres Neumann
Head of the Andres Neumann Theatrical Archive: Giada Petrone
Head of Il Funaro Cultural Center’s Library: Massimiliano Barbini
ANDRES NEUMANN’S THEATRICAL ARCHIVE IN NUMBERS
3 Sections (1960-76, 1972-2000, 2000-2015)
2.286 Catalog cards
60 Years covered (1955-2015)
15 Times the Archive was moved (1972-2015)
175 Boxes Moved from Rome to Pistoia (2009)
5k Documents digitised
150 Posters digitised
13k Photos digitised
25 People at work
9 Languages involved
10% Existing Archive (of the total produced)
3 Publications on the Archive
400 Books donated
100 Magazines & Reviews donated
2k Evening programs and flyers
350 Video Tapes in various standards
80 Audio Tapes in varios standards
500 Performance and Festival programs