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
history
Postmodern andpostdramatic theory 13 Note on thetranslationand acknowledgement 15 Prologue 16
Drama andtheatre29 Epicization Peter Szondi Roland Barthes 29 The estrangement of theatre anddrama 30
the idealof surveyability
49
ghosts 58
ceremony voices in space
Between thearts111
Theatre of heterogeneity 132
Theatre and performance 134 A field in between 134
Postdramatic aesthetics of time 153
Body 162
Media 167
Afformance art?179 Drama andsociety180
Notes 188

Kantor ortheceremony 71 Grüber orthereverberation
Simultaneity
An eveningwithJanandhisfriends107
Prehistories
Bibliography
Index

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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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