316 pages | 44 B/W Illus.
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.
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