1st Edition

Staging and Re-cycling Retrieving, Reflecting and Re-framing the Archive

Edited By John Keefe, Knut Ove Arntzen Copyright 2020
    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In Staging and Re- cycling , John Keefe and Knut Ove Arntzen re-visit and reappraise a selection of their work to explore how the retrieval, re-approaching and re-framing of material can offer pathways for new work and new thinking.

    The book includes a collection of reprinted and first-published (although previously presented) textual material interspersed with editorial material – reflective essays from John and Knut on these pieces from the archives and original essays from invited scholars that explore the theme of repetition and re-cycling. The project has a number of aims: to suggest how the status of ‘new’ with regard to academic and staged dramaturgical materials may be reframed; to re-examine these through certain lenses and concepts (re-cycling; re-working; the spectator; landscape, post- and other dramaturgies); to explore the possibilities of critique offered by particular modes of juxtaposition, dialogue and dialectic; to offer further provocations to received ideas; and to retrieve and re-approach material, once published or presented, that becomes ‘lost’ in archives or on library shelves. As shown here, the role of the hyphen acts as an indicator to the status of ‘re-’ in relation to the ‘new’.

    Written for scholars and academics, researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and practitioners working in all forms for theatre and performance, Staging and Re-cycling suggests a new form of dialogue between work, authors and readers, and draws out threads that extend back into the past and potentially forward into the future.


    List of Figures

    Notes on Contributors

    Acknowledgements & Permissions

    1 John Keefe and Knut Ove Arntzen: Editorial Introduction

    2 John Keefe, 'Play Beckett: Beckett’s performance dramaturgy as total theatre'. (2003)

    3 John Keefe, 'The PG and FPG: Stage Action or Stage Metaphysics?'. (2005)

    4 John Keefe: Editorial essay 1 Foundations.

    5 Richard Cuming, A Letter on Recycling Sam.

    6 Knut Ove Arntzen, 'Dramaturgical Dissolution in the Ambient' in The Marginal Theatre. (2007)

    7 Knut Ove Arntzen, 'The Resurrected Theatre Machine: A Postdramatic Paradox’, in Peripeti, tidsskrift for dramaturgiske studier 9: Direction and Production. (2008)

    8 Knut Ove Arntzen: Editorial essay 1 Theatre Studies, Self-reflection and Creativity: Understanding Theory through Metaphors.

    9 John Keefe, 'Berkoff’s ‘Londons’: Staging Psycho-geographies of the Feared and the Ecstatic' in Literary London 7:2. (2009)

    10 John Keefe, 'Recycling Sources and Experiencing Physical Theatre in Educating Professionals' in Recycling in Arts, Education and Contemporary Theatre. (2009)

    11 John Keefe: Editorial essay 2 Circling Around: Looking(s) and Empathies.

    12 Stefanie Sachsenmaier, Retaining and Reframing: Notes on Processes of Remembering in Rosemary Butcher's Choreography-Making.

    13 Knut Ove Arntzen, 'On Telling the World and Recycling in the New Theatre' in Recycling in Arts, Education and Contemporary Theatre. (2009)

    14 Knut Ove Arntzen: Editorial essay 2 Researching, Re-making, Re-cycling.

    15 André Eiermann, Recycling, Situationism and Postspectacular Theatre.

    16 John Keefe, 'Play(ing) it again: Recycling as Theatres, Histories, Memories' in Art History & Criticism 6: Performing History from 1945 to the Present. (2010)

    17 John Keefe: Editorial essay 3 Spectatorial Ghosts.

    18 Jacek Scarso & Gian Carlo Rossi, Re-cycle/Up-cycle: A Conversation.

    19 Knut Ove Arntzen, 'Producing Marginality and Post-mainstream in Independant Theatre’ in The Marginal Theatre. (2007)

    20 Knut Ove Arntzen: Editorial essay 3 Nordic Inter-Action: Avant-garde to Visual Performance - the Ritualistic and Mechanical.

    21 John Keefe, 'Impossible Theatres and the Possible; some dramaturgical provocations and responses to the opening statement, and implications’. (2015)

    22 John Keefe: Editorial essay 4 Further Paths, Returning Threads.

    23 Knut Ove Arntzen, Drama in Landscapes. (2014)

    24 Knut Ove Arntzen: Editorial essay 4 Directing and Choreographing as a Free and Open 'mise-en-scène': from Risky Auteur-ship to Re-cycling Theatre.

    25 Annelis Kuhlmann, Dancing with Your Cycle - Theatre and Performance Research as Archivist Practice.

    26 John Keefe and Knut Ove Arntzen: Editorial Conclusion.

    27 John Keefe and Knut Ove Arntzen: Other Works.



    John Keefe is a Senior Lecturer in the Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design at London Metropolitan University.

    Knut Ove Arntzen is a Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway.

    "…this volume is stimulating and makes the readers reflect upon theatre, just like the post-modern spectator!" — Roland Lysell, Norsk Shakespeare tidsskrift, Norway