1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary European Theatre and Performance

Edited By Ralf Remshardt, Aneta Mancewicz Copyright 2023
    708 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is a comprehensive overview of contemporary European theatre and performance as it enters the third decade of the twenty-first century. It combines critical discussions of key concepts, practitioners, and trends within theatre-making, both in particular countries and across borders, that are shaping European stage practice.

    With the geography, geopolitics, and cultural politics of Europe more unsettled than at any point in recent memory, this book’s combination of national and thematic coverage offers a balanced understanding of the continent’s theatre and performance cultures. Employing a range of methodologies and critical approaches across its three parts and ninety-four chapters, this book’s first part contains a comprehensive listing of European nations, the second part charts responses to thematic complexes that define current European performance, and the third section gathers a series of case studies that explore the contribution of some of Europe’s foremost theatre makers. Rather than rehearsing rote knowledge, this is a collection of carefully curated, interpretive accounts from an international roster of scholars and practitioners.

    The Routledge Companion to Contemporary European Theatre and Performance gives undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers and practitioners an indispensable reference resource that can be used broadly across curricula.

    PART I
    Mapping the continent

    1. Albania

    Ermir Jonka and Evi Stamatiou

    2. Austria

    Brigitte Marschall and Gabriele C. Pfeiffer

    3. Belarus

    Tania Arcimovich

    4. Belgium

    Karel vanhaesebrouck and Kurt Vanhoutte

    5. Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Maja Milatov-Ovadia

    6. Bulgaria

    Kamelia Nikolova

    7. Croatia

    Una Bauer and Goran Pavlić

    8. Cyprus (Greek)

    Maria Hamali

    9. Czech Republic

    David Drozd

    10. Denmark

    Annelis Kuhlmann

    11. Estonia

    Anneli Saro

    12. Finland

    Hanna Korsberg

    13. France

    Eliane Beaufils

    14. Germany

    Peter W. Marx

    15. Greece

    Avra Sidiropoulou

    16. Hungary
    Jozefina Komporaly

    17. Iceland

    Magnus Thor Thorbergsson

    18. Ireland

    Tanya Dean

    19. Israel

    Naphtaly Shem-Tov

    20. Italy

    Anna Maria Cimitile

    21. Kosovo

    Jeton Neziraj

    22. Latvia

    Zane Kreicberga

    23. Lithuania

    Jurgita Staniškytė

    24. Malta

    Vicki Ann Cremona

    25. Moldova

    Paula Erizanu

    26. Montenegro

    Janko Ljumović

    27. The Netherlands

    Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink

    28. North Macedonia

    Elena Marchevska

    29. Norway

    Ine Therese Berg

    30. Poland

    Marcin Kościelniak

    31. Portugal

    Francesca Rayner

    32. Romania

    Jozefina Komporaly

    33. Russia

    Julia Listengarten

    34. Serbia

    Maja Milatović-Ovadia

    35. Slovakia

    Ján Šimko

    36. Slovenia

    Barbara Orel

    37. Spain

    Simon Breden

    38. Sweden

    Rikard Hoogland

    39. Switzerland

    Beate Hochholdinger-Reiterer

    40. Turkey

    Seda Ilter

    41. Ukraine

    Olga Danylyuk

    42. United Kingdom

    Sam Haddow, Hannah Simpson, Trish Reid and Anwen Miles Jones

    Charting themes

    A. Context

    43. 1989 and after: East-West intercurrents at the turn of the millennium

    Vessela S. Warner

    44. Language, translation, and multilingualism

    Margherita Laera

    45. Transnational and translocal

    Benjamin Fowler

    46. Staging neoliberal globalisation in post-1989 Europe

    Philip Hager

    47. Ecodramaturgies in times of climate crisis

    Kristof van Baarle

    48. Crisis and activism as performance

    Işıl Eğrikavuk

    49. Brexit and theatre

    Ruud van den Beuken

    50. Performance in a pandemic

    Laura Bissell

    B. Cultures of theatre-making

    51. Performance spaces and spatial performativity: Theatre has left the building

    Dorita Hannah

    52. Sharing spaces: the art of scenography – Some European perspectives

    Birgit Wiens

    53. Beyond binaries: Postdramatic theatre and its multimodal textuality

    Avra Sidiropoulou

    54. Models of creation and devising

    Synne K. Behrndt

    55. Documentary theatre

    Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink

    56. Intermediality in performance

    Chiel Kattenbelt and Aneta Mancewicz

    57. Contemporary music theatre practices: Changing performative roles

    Matthias Rebstock

    58. Regietheater

    Peter M. Boenisch

    59. Theatre for young audiences in Europe

    Wolfgang Schneider

    60. European physical theatre

    Mark Evans

    C. Inclusive and diverse practices

    61. How and why? The post/de-colonial as method in contemporary European theatre

    meLê yamomo

    62. Theatrical strategies addressing migration

    S. E. Wilmer

    63. Minorities and representation: Performing the margins

    Azadeh Sharifi

    64. Womxn in performance

    Edith Cassiers

    65. Queer performance

    Edith Cassiers

    66. Disability in performance

    Sarah Hopfinger

    67. Amateur theatre in Europe: Organisation, challenges, and values

    Antine Zijlstra, Vicki Ann Cremona, and Anneli Saro

    D. Institutional structures

    68. Nation, identity, and theatre – Reimagining national theatre

    Zoltán Imre

    69. Festivals and curation

    Katia Arfara

    70. Politics and policies in the performing arts in a transcultural Europe

    Wolfgang Schneider

    71. Academic (and other) performance research in Europe

    Peter M. Boenisch

    72. Performance training in Europe

    Isabel Guerrero and Rose Whyman

    73. Community theatre/participatory theatre

    Adam Czirak

    74. Theatre criticism and online culture/new media

    Anette Therese Pettersen

    Surveying the creators

    75. Belarus Free Theatre

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    76. The postdramatic extravaganza of Viktor Bodó’s theatre

    Veronika Schandl

    77. Gianina Cărbunariu, Director-Playwright

    Cristina Modreanu

    78. Emma Dante: The contemporariness of things past

    Anna Maria Cimitile

    79. dreamthinkspeak

    Rebecca McCutcheon

    80. Oliver Frljić, an artist touching society’s raw nerves

    Tomaž Toporišič

    81. Marta Górnicka

    Marcin Kościelniak

    82. Alvis Hermanis through the lens of postcolonialism

    Edīte Tišheizere

    83. Hotel Pro Forma

    Erik Exe Christoffersen and Kathrine Winkelhorn

    84. Tomi Janežič: Time is a political dimension

    Zala Dobovšek

    85. Angélica Liddell

    Remedios Perni

    86. Philippe Quesne: Sustainable solutions for living on Earth. Performing alternative habitats and temporary communities on stage

    Chloé Déchery

    87. Milo Rau

    Peter M. Boenisch

    88. Tiago Rodrigues: Memory, melancholy, and learning stories by heart

    Rui Pina Coelho

    89. Kirill Serebrennikov: A poet of the outside between testimony and political provocation

    Yana Meerzon

    90. She She Pop: The collective as content

    Ralf Remshardt

    91. Theater HORA: Acting autonomously – representation and agency in Disabled Theater

    Kate Marsh

    92. The theatre of Rimas Tuminas: Play, romanticism, and the absurd

    Ramunė Balevičiūtė

    93. Lotte van den Berg: Building Conversation

    Lisebeth Groot Nibbelink

    94. Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller

    Andrew Friedman



    Ralf Remshardt is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida, USA.

    Aneta Mancewicz is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.