Dramaturgies of Interweaving explores present-day dramaturgies that interweave performance cultures in the fields of theater, performance, dance, and other arts.
Merging strategies of audience engagement originating in different cultures, dramaturgies of interweaving are creative methods of theater and art-making that seek to address audiences across cultures, making them uniquely suitable for shaping people’s experiences of our entangled world. Presenting in-depth case studies from across the globe, spanning Australia, China, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, the US, and the UK, this book investigates how dramaturgies of interweaving are conceived, applied, and received today. Featuring critical analyses by scholars—as well as workshop reports and artworks by renowned artists—this book examines dramaturgies of interweaving from multiple locations and perspectives, thus revealing their distinct complexities and immense potential.
Ideal for scholars, students, and practitioners of theater, performance, dramaturgy, and devising, Dramaturgies of Interweaving opens up an innovative perspective on today’s breathtaking plurality of dramaturgical practices of interweaving in theater, performance, dance, and other arts, such as curation and landscape design.
Table of Contents
PART I Sketching Designs for Unique Encounters 1 The Tjunta Trail: Cross-Cultural Dramaturgy in Australian Place-Making 2 Diagrammatic Dramaturgies: Navigations between Theory, Disfiguration, and Movement PART II Interlacing Archival Threads 3 No(H) To Trio A: Interweaving Dramaturgies for a Performative Exhibition of Yvonne Rainer’s Work 4 Performance Community in an Age of Reenactment: Takao Kawaguchi’s About Kazuo Ohno and the Conversation with Ghosts PART III Unraveling Productions 5 Speaking Black: Tonya Pinkins’s Mother Courage 6 Catalyst and Conduit: A Call for the Bicultural Dramaturge INTERLUDE A Durus Arabij/Arabic Lessons B Arabic Lessons: Stämme/שורשים/جذور C Heiliger Franz/St. Francis: Notes from a Playwright’s Perspective PART IV Entangling Diverse Audiences 7 Encountering a "Theater of (Inter-)Singularity": Transformations and Rejections of Shifting Institutional Dramaturgies in Contemporary German Theater 8 Yael Ronen: Devising Dramaturgy for an Interwoven World PART V Unfolding Alternatives 9 Alternative Dramaturgies Informed by a Deaf and Disability Perspective 10 Dramaturgies of In-Betweenness: Iranian Theater and Performance Art since the 1970s PART VI Tailoring Textual Material 11 Learning with Broken Words: Directing Plastic Rose by Shogo Ota with Collaborative Dramaturgy 12 The Emergence of Co-Dramaturgy: Arthur Miller, Satyajit Ray, and Thomas Ostermeier Encounter Ibsen Coda: Performers and Time: The Five Stages of Waiting
Erika Fischer-Lichte is Director of the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin.
Christel Weiler serves as Senior Adviser at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin.
Torsten Jost is a researcher at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin.