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Contemporary Theatres in Europe

A Critical Companion, 1st Edition

Edited by Joe Kelleher, Nicholas Ridout


232 pages

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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

Subject Categories

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