Through specific examples, case studies and essays by specialist writers, academics, and a new generation of theatre researchers, this collection of specially commissioned essays looks at current theatre practices across Europe.
From Théatre du Soleil to Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, the authors reconsider the possibilities of theatre practice, its relation to history and location and its place in Europe at the turn of the twenty-first century.
Contemporary Theatres in Europe examines a wide range of topics including:
- mainstream European theatre
- experimental performance
- music theatre
- theatre for children
- dance theatre.
Tailor-made for students, offering clear examples of different ways of thinking and writing about performance, this is a richly detailed introduction which brings key themes to life for all students of European theatre.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations Notes on contributors Acknowledgements Foreword Janelle Reinelt Introduction Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout 1. Human Stuff: Presence, Proximity and Pretend Joe Kelleher 2. Investigating the Entrails: Post-Operatic Music Theatre in Europe Nick Till 3. Encountering Memory: Acco Theatre Center’s Arbeit macht frei MiToitland Europa Heike Roms 4. On the Border as Theatrical Space: Appearance, Dis-location and the Production of the Refugee Sophie Nield 5. Foreign Bodies: Performing Physical and Psychological Harm at the Mladi Levi Festival, August 2003 Sarah Gorman 6. Dying Bodies, Living Corpses: Transition, Nationalism and Resistance in Croatian Theatre Marin Blaževic 7. Desire Amongst the Dodgems: Alain Platel and the Scene of Seduction Adrian Kear 8. ‘Constitutive Ambiguities’: Writing Professional or Expert Performance Practices, and the Théâtre du Soleil, Paris Susan Melrose 9. Marshfield Mummers: The Old Time Paper Boys Mike Pearson 10. The Gift of Play: Übung and the Secret Signal of Gesture Andrew Quick 11. Authority, Empowerment and Fairy Tales: Theatre for Young People Bridget Escolme 12. Make Believe: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio Do Theatre Nicholas Ridout 13. After the Fall: Dance-Theatre and Dance-Performance Adrian Heathfield 14. What State Am I In? Or, How to be a Spectator Simon Bayly Index
Joe Kelleher teaches in the School of Arts at Roehampton University, London. He has been writing recently on contemporary theatre, performance and performance rhetorics, and his work has appeared in journals such as Contemporary Theatre Review, Frakcija, PAJ and Performance Research, and books such as Blairism and the War of Persuasion, ed. Steinberg and Johnson (Lawrence & Wishart, 2004) and Live: Art and Performance, ed. Heathfield (Tate Publishing, 2004). He is the author of a series of essays on Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio’s Tragedia Endogonidia, published in Idioma, Clima, Crono (Cesena, 2002-2004), and is currently collaborating, as co-author or contributing author, on books with the Socìetas and with Italian performance collective Kinkaleri. Joe is a member of London-based theatre group PUR.
Nicholas Ridout is Lecturer in Performance at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Stage Fright, Animals and Other Theatrical Problems (Cambridge University Press, 2006). He has written extensively on contemporary theatre and performance, publishing articles in Theatre Research International, Performing Arts Journal, Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review, Frakcija and TheatreForum. He was the editor of Performance Research 10.1: On Theatre (with Richard Gough). He has written a series of eight essays on the work of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, in a series of publications entitled Idioma Clima Crono, published in conjunction with Tragedia Endogonidia. He is currently working with the company and with Joe Kelleher on The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio: Theatre of Revelation, to be published by Routledge in 2007.