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Postdramatic Theatre - Hans-Thies Lehmann

Paperback Published: 2nd February 2006
ISBN: 9780415268134
Number Of Pages: 214

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Hans-Thies Lehmann's groundbreaking study of the new theatre forms that have developed since the late 1960s has become a key reference point in international discussions of contemporary theatre. "Postdramatic Theatre "refers to theatre after drama. Despite their diversity, the new forms and aesthetics that have evolved have one essential quality in common: they no longer focus on the dramatic text. Lehmann offers a historical survey combined with a unique theoretical approach, illustrated by a wealth of practical examples, to guide the reader through this new theatre landscape. He considers these developments in relation to dramatic theory and theatre history, and as an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies and a 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 Derrida and Schechner, the book analyses the work of recent experimental theatre practitioners such as Robert Wilson, Tadeusz Kantor, Heiner Muller, the Wooster Group, Forced Entertainment, Theatre de Complicite and Societas Raffaello Sanzio. This excellent translation is newly adapted for the Anglophone reader, including an Afterword by Karen Jurs-Munby providing useful theoretical and artistic contexts for the book.

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'This is a provocative, illuminating and stimulating book that will undoubtedly become as essential a text in English theatre scholarship as it already has in continental Europe.' -- Marvin Carlson, Theatre Research International 'This groundbreaking study [is] an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies.' - International Theatre Informations 'This is an important book, already elbowing its way into the forefront of English-language critical discourse on theatre...' --TDR

Preface to the English editionp. ix
Introductionp. 1
What's in the 'post'?p. 1
(Post)dramatic theory 'post' Szondi and Hegelp. 2
The turn to performancep. 4
Post-1960s institutional context, memory, history and palimpsestp. 7
Theatre and world in the age of media: are we post-postdrama?p. 9
Postmodern and postdramatic theoryp. 13
Note on the translation and acknowledgementp. 15
Prologuep. 16
The stakesp. 16
Intentionsp. 18
Trade secrets of dramatic theatrep. 21
Caesura of the media societyp. 22
Namesp. 23
Paradigmp. 24
Postmodern and postdramaticp. 25
Choice of termp. 26
Tradition and the postdramatic talentp. 27
Dramap. 29
Drama and theatrep. 29
'Epicization'- Peter Szondi, Roland Barthesp. 29
The estrangement of theatre and dramap. 30
'Dramatic discourse'p. 31
Theatre after Brechtp. 32
Suspended suspensep. 33
'What a drama!'p. 35
'Formalist theatre' and imitationp. 36
Mimesis of actionp. 36
'Energetic theatre'p. 37
Drama and dialecticp. 39
Drama, history, meaningp. 39
Aristotle: the ideal of surveyability (synopton)p. 40
The exclusion of the realp. 42
The performancep. 44
Prehistoriesp. 46
Towards a prehistory of postdramatic theatrep. 46
Theatre and textp. 46
The twentieth centuryp. 48
First stage: 'pure' and 'impure' dramap. 48
Second stage: crisis of drama, theatre goes its own way(s)p. 49
Autonomization, retheatricalizationp. 50
Third stage: 'neo-avant-garde'p. 52
A short look back at the historical avant-gardesp. 57
Lyrical drama, Symbolismp. 57
Stasis, ghostsp. 58
Stage poetryp. 59
Acts, actionsp. 61
Speed, numbersp. 61
Landscape Playp. 62
'Pure form'p. 64
Expressionismp. 65
Surrealismp. 66
Panorama of postdramatic theatrep. 68
Beyond dramatic action: ceremony, voices in space, landscapep. 68
Kantor or the ceremonyp. 71
Gruber or the reverberation of the voice in spacep. 74
Wilson or the landscapep. 77
Postdramatic theatrical signsp. 82
Retreat of synthesisp. 82
Dream imagesp. 83
Synaesthesiap. 84
Performance textp. 85
Parataxis/non-hierarchyp. 86
Simultaneityp. 87
Play with the density of signsp. 89
Plethorap. 90
Musicalizationp. 91
Scenography, visual dramaturgyp. 93
Warmth and coldnessp. 95
Physicalityp. 95
'Concrete theatre'p. 98
Irruption of the realp. 99
Event/situationp. 104
Examplesp. 107
An evening with Jan and his friendsp. 107
Narrationsp. 109
Scenic poemp. 110
Between the artsp. 111
Scenic essayp. 112
'Cinematographic theatre'p. 114
Hypernaturalismp. 115
Cool Funp. 118
Theatre of 'shared' spacep. 122
Theatre solos, monologiesp. 125
Choral theatre/ theatre of the chorusp. 129
Theatre of heterogeneityp. 132
Performancep. 134
Theatre and performancep. 134
A field in betweenp. 134
The positing (Setzung) of performancep. 135
Self transformationp. 137
Aggression, responsibilityp. 139
The present of performancep. 141
Aspects: text - space - time - body - mediap. 145
Textp. 145
Chora-graphy, the body-textp. 145
Textscape, theatre of voicesp. 148
Spacep. 150
Dramatic and postdramatic spacep. 150
Timep. 153
Postdramatic aesthetics of timep. 153
The unity of timep. 158
Bodyp. 162
Postdramatic images of the bodyp. 162
Pain, catharsisp. 165
Mediap. 167
Media in postdramatic theatrep. 167
Electronic images as a reliefp. 170
'Representability', fatep. 171
Epiloguep. 175
The politicalp. 175
Intercultural theatrep. 176
Representation, measure and transgressionp. 177
Afformance art?p. 179
Drama and societyp. 180
Theatre and the 'Society of the Spectacle'p. 183
Politics of perception, aesthetics of responsibilityp. 184
Aesthetics of riskp. 186
Notesp. 188
Bibliographyp. 200
Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9780415268134
ISBN-10: 0415268133
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 2nd February 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.13  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1