Elisa Antonietta Daniele is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow with the research project ANIMATE - Animation, Materials, Transcultural Ecologies: Performing Worlds at the Baroque Savoy Court of Christine of France. Funded by the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, ANIMATE develops between the University of California, Los Angeles (2022 and 2023) and the University of Bologna (2024). Elisa obtained the PhD in History of the Arts from the Inter-University Doctoral School Venice Ca’ Foscari – University of Verona in 2018. Between 2018 and 2021, she was Ahamanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCLA Center for 17th– and 18th– Century Studies and Berenson Fellow at Harvard – Villa I Tatti.
Project: ANIMATE - Animations, Materials, Transcultural Ecologies: Performing Worlds at the Baroque Savoy Court of Christine of France
ANIMATE probes the potential of Baroque performances in staging transformative dynamics – environments into resources and resources into commodities. To this end, it investigates the spectacles staged across the Duchy of Savoy, northern Italy, during the lifetime of the regent Christine of Bourbon-France (1606-1663). Focusing on the large commemorative drawings that reanimate the dynamic movements of the dancers, the transformations of materials and diverse environments – local and from the world – staged in these events, ANIMATE construes these elaborate performances as a critical laboratory for thinking through the complexities of early modern global forces, the economic circulation they incited and the repercussions on the environments they impacted. This project stems from Elisa’s experience as a research associate with the project "Making Worlds,” which resulted in the essay “Drawing Worlds. Bodies and Smoke in the Courtly Ballet Il Tabacco” (in Making Worlds: Global Invention in the Early Modern Period, eds. B. Wilson and A. Vanhaelen, UTP 2022).