European Performative Theatre: The issues, problems, and techniques of crucial masterpieces, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

European Performative Theatre

The issues, problems, and techniques of crucial masterpieces, 1st Edition

By Annamaria Cascetta


316 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780367137267
pub: 2019-07-02
Available for pre-order

FREE Standard Shipping!


Performative theatre is one of the most important trends of our time. It is emblematic of the work of many European theatrical artists in the early twenty-first century.  

Annamaria Cascetta does not propose a model or a historical overview, but rather strives to identify the salient features of a significant trend in the theatrical research and transformation of our time by analysing some crucial examples from outstanding works, of great international resonance. She draws on work by artists from different generations, all active between the late twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first, and in various European countries, performed in a number of European theatres in recent years.  

The aim is to apply a method of analysis in depth, bringing- out the technical elements of contemporary "performative theatre" in the field, and above all to highlight the close links between it and the urgent and troubled issues and problems of history and society in the phase of cultural and anthropological transition we are experiencing.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1 The human journey. Odyssey by Robert Wilson. CHAPTER 2 The human journey inside the human mind and brain. From Je suis un phénomène to The Valley of Astonishment by Peter Brook. CHAPTER 3 Confronting tradition: are Christ and Aeschylus no longer relevant? The Orestea and Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio by Romeo Castellucci. CHAPTER 4 Starting again from humanity or drowning in nothingness? Golgota Picnic by Rodrigo Garcia. CHAPTER 5 (by Francesco Marzano and Anna Castoldi) How to live together? From militarism and authoritarianism to the weapon of joy in Gaudeamus by Lev Dodin. CHAPTER 6 A school of democracy for an ever-changing identity: Ça ira by Joël Pommerat and The Blind Poet by Jan Lauwers. CHAPTER 7 Real and virtual spaces. Migration, artificiality and the city in Bodenprobe Kazachstan and Remote Milan by Rimini Protokoll. CHAPTER 8 Oh What a Lovely War by Joan Littlewood. The prophecy of a pioneer artist.CHAPTER 9 The dignity of the body regained. MDLSX by Motus and Silvia Casagrande and Bestie di scena by Emma Dante. CHAPTER 10 Beauty and truth: the way to salvation by Pippo Delbono in Orchidee and Vangelo. PHOTOS

About the Author

Annamaria Cascetta is past full professor of History of Theatre and Performing Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at Università Cattolica in Milan (Italy). She is member of the executive Committee of the international Accademia Ambrosiana (area Borromean Studies) and member of the executive committee of CIT (Centro di cultura e di iniziativa teatrale "Mario Apollonio" which she founded in 2008 and directed until 2013. Co-director of the series Canone teatrale europeo/Canon of European Drama. She is author or editor of numerous books of the seventeenth and eighteenth century Italian Theatre and twentieth century European theatre (Modern European Tragedy, 2013). At present she is working on several research project, including FUCE (European Humanism in Making)-Brussels.

Subject Categories

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