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Contemporary European Theatre Directors

2nd Edition

Edited by Maria M. Delgado, Dan Rebellato


608 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This expanded second edition of Contemporary European Theatre Directors is an ambitious and unprecedented overview of many of the key directors working in European theatre over the past thirty years.

This book is a vivid account of the vast range of work undertaken in European theatre during the last three decades, situated lucidly in its artistic, cultural, and political context. Each chapter discusses a particular director, showing the influences on their work, how it has developed over time, its reception, and the complex relation it has with its social and cultural context. The volume includes directors living and working in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Russia, Romania, the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, offering an all-encompassing, global approach across the directing field.

Now revised and updated, Contemporary European Theatre Directors is an ideal text for both undergraduate and postgraduate directing students, as well as those researching contemporary theatre practices, providing a detailed guide to the generation of directors whose careers were forged and tempered in the changing Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Table of Contents

List of plates Notes on contributors Foreword by Robert Icke Acknowledgements Introduction to 1st edition by Maria M. Delgado and Dan Rebellato Introduction to 2nd edition by Maria M Delgado and Dan Rebellato 1. Ariane Mnouchkine: Activism, formalism, cosmopolitanism Brian Singleton 2. Patrice Chéreau: Staging the European crisis David Fancy 3. Lev Dodin: The director and cultural memory Peter Lichtenfels 4. Silviu Purcărete: Contemporising classics Aleksandar Saša Dundjerović 5. Frank Castorf and the Volksbühne: Berlin’s theatre of deconstruction Marvin Carlson 6. Daniel Mesguich: ‘Unsummarisable’ mises en scène Jim Carmody 7. Declan Donnellan and Cheek by Jowl: ‘To protect the acting’ Aleks Sierz 8. Piotr Borowski and Poland’s Studium Teatralne: Where process becomes performance Paul Allain 9. Christoph Marthaler: The musicality, theatricality and politics of postdramatic direction David Barnett 10. Jan Lauwers: Performance realities – memory, history, death Janelle Reinelt 11. Simon McBurney: Shifting under/soaring over the boundaries of Europe Stephen Knapper 12. Ivo van Hove: Celebrity and reader Dennis Flannery 13. Deborah Warner: Experiments of words, bodies and place Adam Ledger 14. Romeo Castellucci: The director on this earth Alan Read 15. Kristian Frédric: Boxing with the ‘gods’ Judith G. Miller 16. Krzystof Warlikowski: Rupturing Taboos, Curating Publics Bryce Lease 17. Calixto Bieito: Staging excess in, across and through Europe Maria M. Delgado 18. Rodrigo García and La Carnicería Teatro/Boucherie Théâtre: From the collective to the director Lourdes Orozco 19. Katie Mitchell: Learning from Europe Dan Rebellato 20. Thomas Ostermeier: A ‘sociological theatre’ for the age of globalised precarity Peter M. Boenisch Postscripts 21. Peter Sellars: Identity, culture and the politics of theatre in Europe Maria M. Delgado 22. The director’s new tasks Patrice Pavis Index

About the Editors

Dan Rebellato is Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London. He has published widely on post-war British theatre and his books include 1956 and All That (1999) and Theatre and Globalization (2009). He is also a playwright whose works have been performed on stage and radio in Britain, Europe and the USA.

Maria M. Delgado is Professor of Theatre and Screen Arts at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She has published widely in the area of Spanish-language theatre and film. Her books include ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (2003, revised Spanish-language edition, 2017), Federico García Lorca (2008) and ten co-edited volumes.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism