Postdramatic Theatre

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Routledge, Sep 27, 2006 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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Newly adapted for the Anglophone reader, this is an excellent 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.

In looking at the developments since the late 1960s, Lehmann considers them in relation to dramatic theory and theatre history, as an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies, and as an historical shift from a text-based culture to a new media age of image and sound.

Engaging with theoreticians of 'drama' from Aristotle and Brecht, to Barthes and Schechner, the book analyzes the work of recent experimental theatre practitioners such as Robert Wilson, Tadeusz Kantor, Heiner Müller, the Wooster Group, Needcompany and Societas Raffaello Sanzio.

Illustrated by a wealth of practical examples, and with an introduction by Karen Jürs-Munby providing useful theoretical and artistic contexts for the book, Postdramatic Theatre is an historical survey expertly combined with a unique theoretical approach which guides the reader through this new theatre landscape.

 

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Contents

Preface to the English edition
Prologue 16
Drama 29
Prehistories 46
A short look back at the historical avantgardes 57
Landscape Play 62
Panorama of postdramatic theatre 68
Parataxisnonhierarchy 86
Scenic essay 112
Cool Fun 118
Theatre solos monologies 125
Theatre of heterogeneity 132
Selftransformation 137
text space time body media 145
Epilogue 175
Notes 188

Scenography visual dramaturgy 93
Irruption of the real 99
An evening with Jan and his friends 107
Bibliography 200
Index 208

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About the author (2006)

Hans-Thies Lehmann is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His numerous publications include Theater und Mythos (1991) on the constitution of the subject in ancient Greek tragedy, Writing the Political (2002) and, with Patrick Primavesi, Heiner Müller Handbuch (2004).

Karen Jürs-Munby is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield.

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