1st Edition

Dramaturgies of Interweaving Engaging Audiences in an Entangled World

    302 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    PART I Sketching Designs for Unique Encounters

    1 The Tjunta Trail: Cross-Cultural Dramaturgy in Australian Place-Making

    Paul Carter

    2 Diagrammatic Dramaturgies: Navigations between Theory, Disfiguration, and Movement

    Andrej Mirčev

    PART II Interlacing Archival Threads

    3 No(H) To Trio A: Interweaving Dramaturgies for a Performative Exhibition of Yvonne Rainer’s Work

    Nanako Nakajima

    4 Performance Community in an Age of Reenactment: Takao Kawaguchi’s About Kazuo Ohno and the Conversation with Ghosts

    Peter Eckersall

    PART III Unraveling Productions

    5 Speaking Black: Tonya Pinkins’s Mother Courage

    Hana Worthen

    6 Catalyst and Conduit: A Call for the Bicultural Dramaturge

    Catherine Diamond


    A Durus Arabij/Arabic Lessons

    Michael Roes

    B Arabic Lessons: Stämme/שורשים/جذور

    Amos Elkana

    C Heiliger Franz/St. Francis: Notes from a Playwright’s Perspective

    Claudius Lünstedt

    PART IV Entangling Diverse Audiences

    7 Encountering a "Theater of (Inter-)Singularity": Transformations and Rejections of Shifting Institutional Dramaturgies in Contemporary German Theater

    Peter M. Boenisch

    8 Yael Ronen: Devising Dramaturgy for an Interwoven World

    S. E. Wilmer

    PART V Unfolding Alternatives

    9 Alternative Dramaturgies Informed by a Deaf and Disability Perspective

    Kaite O’Reilly

    10 Dramaturgies of In-Betweenness: Iranian Theater and Performance Art since the 1970s

    Narges Hashempour

    PART VI Tailoring Textual Material

    11 Learning with Broken Words: Directing Plastic Rose by Shogo Ota with Collaborative Dramaturgy

    Peter Lichtenfels

    12 The Emergence of Co-Dramaturgy: Arthur Miller, Satyajit Ray, and Thomas Ostermeier Encounter Ibsen

    Kamaluddin Nilu

    Coda: Performers and Time: The Five Stages of Waiting

    David Moss


    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.