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Christoph Schlingensief's Realist Theater

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ISBN 9780367487539
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This book is the first study of the prolific German filmmaker, performance artist and TV host Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010) that identifies him as a practitioner of realism in the theatre and lays out how theatrical realism can offer an aesthetic frame sturdy enough to hold together his experiments across media and genres.

This volume traces Schlingensief’s developing realism through his theatre work in conventional theatre venues, in less conventional venues, his opera work focusing on the production of Wagner’s Parsifal at Bayreuth, and his art installations on revolving platforms called Animatographs.

This book will be of great interest to scholars of theatre, film and performance art and practitioners.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Schlingensief and Realism

1.1 Under the Skin

1.2 Superabundance

1.3 Anti-resolution

1.4 Representation

1.5 Realisms

Chapter 2: Rosebud: Realist (Anti)Drama

2.1 Liberal Porn

2.2 Institutional Readymades

Chapter 3: Freakstars: Realist (Non)Acting

3.1 No More Playacting

3.2 The Disability to Act

Chapter 4: Hamlet: There’s Something Rotten

4.1 In the State of Theater

4.2 In the State of Switzerland

4.3 Disease

Chapter 5: Please Love Austria: Realist (In)Efficiency

5.1 Street Dramaturgy

5.2 Failure

Chapter 6: Parsifal: The German Revolution

6.1 The Wagner Key

6.2 Myth on the Revolve

Chapter 7: The Animatograph: Realist Scenography

7.1 Set Design

7.2 Light Design

Chapter 8: Epilogue: It Takes an Opera Village

8.1 Checkered

8.2 Medicine Man, Healer and Hope Dealer

8.3 Art Worth





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Ilinca Todorut is IB Theatre Arts Teacher at the United World College in Changshu, China.