Postdramatic Theatre

ISBN-10: 0415268133
ISBN-13: 9780415268134
Edition: 2006
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

Newly adapted for the Anglophone reader, this is a critical translation of Hans-Thies Lehmann's groundbreaking study of the new theatre forms that have developed since the late 1960s, which has become a key reference point in international discussions of contemporary theatre.

Dr Karen J�rs-Munby is a lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Lancaster, UK. She translated and wrote a critical introduction for Hans-Thies Lehmann's Postdramatic Theatre (Routledge, 2006).

Preface to the English edition
Introduction
What's in the 'post'?
(Post)dramatic theory 'post' Szondi and Hegel
The turn to performance
Post-1960s institutional context, memory, history and palimpsest
Theatre and world in the age of media: are we post-postdrama?
Postmodern and postdramatic theory
Note on the translation and acknowledgement
Prologue
The stakes
Intentions
Trade secrets of dramatic theatre
Caesura of the media society
Names
Paradigm
Postmodern and postdramatic
Choice of term
Tradition and the postdramatic talent
Drama
Drama and theatre
'Epicization'- Peter Szondi, Roland Barthes
The estrangement of theatre and drama
'Dramatic discourse'
Theatre after Brecht
Suspended suspense
'What a drama!'
'Formalist theatre' and imitation
Mimesis of action
'Energetic theatre'
Drama and dialectic
Drama, history, meaning
Aristotle: the ideal of surveyability (synopton)
The exclusion of the real
The performance
Prehistories
Towards a prehistory of postdramatic theatre
Theatre and text
The twentieth century
First stage: 'pure' and 'impure' drama
Second stage: crisis of drama, theatre goes its own way(s)
Autonomization, retheatricalization
Third stage: 'neo-avant-garde'
A short look back at the historical avant-gardes
Lyrical drama, Symbolism
Stasis, ghosts
Stage poetry
Acts, actions
Speed, numbers
Landscape Play
'Pure form'
Expressionism
Surrealism
Panorama of postdramatic theatre
Beyond dramatic action: ceremony, voices in space, landscape
Kantor or the ceremony
Gruber or the reverberation of the voice in space
Wilson or the landscape
Postdramatic theatrical signs
Retreat of synthesis
Dream images
Synaesthesia
Performance text
Parataxis/non-hierarchy
Simultaneity
Play with the density of signs
Plethora
Musicalization
Scenography, visual dramaturgy
Warmth and coldness
Physicality
'Concrete theatre'
Irruption of the real
Event/situation
Examples
An evening with Jan and his friends
Narrations
Scenic poem
Between the arts
Scenic essay
'Cinematographic theatre'
Hypernaturalism
Cool Fun
Theatre of 'shared' space
Theatre solos, monologies
Choral theatre/ theatre of the chorus
Theatre of heterogeneity
Performance
Theatre and performance
A field in between
The positing (Setzung) of performance
Self transformation
Aggression, responsibility
The present of performance
Aspects: text - space - time - body - media
Text
Chora-graphy, the body-text
Textscape, theatre of voices
Space
Dramatic and postdramatic space
Time
Postdramatic aesthetics of time
The unity of time
Body
Postdramatic images of the body
Pain, catharsis
Media
Media in postdramatic theatre
Electronic images as a relief
'Representability', fate
Epilogue
The political
Intercultural theatre
Representation, measure and transgression
Afformance art?
Drama and society
Theatre and the 'Society of the Spectacle'
Politics of perception, aesthetics of responsibility
Aesthetics of risk
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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