Postdramatic Theatre and Form

Postdramatic Theatre and Form

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Overview

Postdramatic theatre is an essential category of performance that challenges classical elements of drama, including the centrality of plot and character. Tracking key developments in contemporary European and North American performance, this collection redirects ongoing debates about postdramatic theatre, turning attention to the overlooked issue on which they hinge: form.

Contributors draw on literary studies, film studies and critical theory to reimagine the formal aspects of theatre, such as space, media and text. The volume expands how scholars think of theatrical form, insisting that formalist analysis can be useful for studying the ways theatre is produced and consumed, and how theatre makers engage with other forms like dance and visual art. Chapters focus on a range of interdisciplinary artists including Tadeusz Kantor, Ann Liv Young and Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, as well as theatre's enmeshment within institutional formations like funding agencies, festivals, real estate and healthcare.

A timely investigation of the aesthetic structures and material conditions of contemporary performance, this collection refines what we mean, and what we don't, when we speak of postdramatic theatre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350043176
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/21/2019
Series: Methuen Drama Engage
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 882,919
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Shane Boyle is a Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Matt Cornish is Assistant Professor of Theater History at Ohio University, USA. He is the author of Performing Unification: History and Nation in German Theatre after 1989.

Brandon Woolf is a theatre artist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at New York University, USA, where he also serves as Director of the Program in Dramatic Literature.
Michael Shane Boyle works as a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London, UK.
Matt Cornish is Assistant Professor of Theater History at Ohio University.
Brandon Woolf is a theatre artist and a visiting assistant professor of theatre and drama at New York University, USA.
Enoch Brater is the Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature, Professor of English and Theater at the University of Michigan and the series editor of Methuen Drama's Miller scholarly editions. He has written extensively on the work of Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.

Enoch Brater is the Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature, Professor of English and Theater at the University of Michigan. He is series editor of Methuen Drama's Arthur Miller scholarly editions, and with Mark Taylor-Batty of Methuen Drama's Engage series. He has written extensively on the work of Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.
Mark Taylor-Batty is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds, in the UK. He is co-author with Juliette Taylor-Batty, of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and has authored two further books on Harold Pinter's writings.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements

1. Introduction: Form and Postdramatic Theatre
Michael Shane Boyle, Matt Cornish and Brandon Woolf
2. Drama: The Szondi Connection
Elinor Fuchs

Part One: Formal Aspects
3. Text: The Director's Notebook
Edith Cassiers, Timmy De Laet and Luk Van den Dries
4. Space: Postdramatic Geography in Post-Collapse Seattle
Jasmine Mahmoud
5. Time: Unsettling the Capitalist Present
Philip Watkinson
6. Body: Tadeusz Kantor and the Posthuman Stage
Magda Romanska
7. Media: Intermission
Nicholas Ridout

Part Two: Social Formations
8. Festivals: Conventional Disruption, or, Why Ann Liv Young Ruined Rebecca Patek's Show
Andrew Friedman
9. Galleries: Resituating the Postdramatic Real
Ryan Anthony Hatch
10. Process: 'Set Writing' in Contemporary French Theatre
Kate Bredeson
11. Choreography: Performative Dance Histories
Yvonne Hardt
12. Migration: Common and Uncommon Grounds at Berlin's Gorki Theater
Matt Cornish
13. Elder Care: Performing Dementia - Toward a Postdramatic Subjectivity
Stanton B. Garner, Jr.

Notes
Index

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