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This "scenographic" city (a real theatre with porticoes, squares, perspectives) gave birth to the Bibiena family, the most renown theatre builders and stage designers ofthe European Baroque period.

It was not by chance that the ten Bibiena, that is to say the stage designers and theatre builders who, from the 16th to the 171hCentury, worked in Italy and all over Europe, started in a city like Bologna. They were inspired not only by the specific local tradition (the architects of the late 16th century and the Carrace school which was devoted to scenography), but also by the influence of the urban setting. The Municipal Theatre, built by Antonio Bibiena, was inaugurated in 1763 with a performance in which both the scenery and the costumes had been created by him. The internal structure of the theatre, the well known "courbe phonique" with the several rows of boxes, one above the other typical of the Baroque theatre, was in fact made known and popularised by the Bibiena (the "palchetto" -boxes-already used in 1638 at the Teatro La Scala, were a Bolognese invention). Today too, and particularly at night, the city transforms into a stage. Full of lighting effects, scenes and wings, thus revealing its theatrical character emphasised by the Baroque interiors of the buildings. There are also in the different centres of the Bolognese province sumptuous theatres and little theatres: in Budrio, in Crevalcore, in Imola, in Pieve di Cento, in St. Giovanni in Persiceto.

 

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