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Theatre Institutions in Crisis
European Perspectives

ISBN 9780367266103
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
240 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Theatre Institutions in Crisis examines how theatre in Europe is beset by a crisis on an institutional level and the pressing need for robust research into the complex configuration of factors at work that are leading to significant shifts in the way theatre is understood, organised, delivered, and received.

Balme and Fisher bring together scholars from different disciplines and countries across Europe to examine what factors can be said to be most common to the institutional crisis of European theatre today. The methods employed are drawn from systems theory, social-scientific approaches, economics and statistics, theatre and performance, and other interpretative approaches (hermeneutics), and labour studies.

This book will be of great interest to researchers, students, and practitioners working in the fields of performance and theatre studies. It will be particularly relevant to researchers with a particular interest in European theatre and its networks.

Table of Contents





  1. Publics
  2. Chapter 1 Struggles of singularised communities in German theatre: The ‘culture war’ around the Berlin Volksbühne

    Peter Boenisch (University of Aarhus)

    Chapter 2 Public (Re) Assembly and Crisis Dramaturgy

    Shannon Jackson (UC Berkley)

    Chapter 3 Re-enacting the Crisis of Democracy in Milo Rau’s General Assembly

    Ramona Mosse (FU Berlin)

    Chapter 4 Fugitive Transformations of Performance Practice in Landscapes of Crisis

    Gigi Argyropoulou (Mavili collective Athens)

  3. Funding and labour
  4. Chapter 5 Justifying Theatre and its Funding after 2008

    Joshua Edelman (Manchester Met)

    Chapter 6 Dutch Theatre Politics in Crisis?

    Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen (Groningen University)

    Chapter 7 Crisis in Funding Policies. The Paradox of National Theatres and the Dilemma of Evaluating Theatre in Italy

    Livia Cavaglieri (University of Genova)

    Chapter 8 The Theatrical Employment System in Crisis? How Working Conditions Are Changing in Theatre and Elsewhere

    Axel Haunschild (University of Hannover)


  5. Post-Socialism
  6. Chapter 9 Crisis? Czech Theatre after 1989

    Radka Kunderová

    Chapter 10 Artistic Freedom — State Control — Democracy: Oliver Frljićʼs Theatre Work in Croatia and Poland as an Indicator of Repressive Cultural Policy

    Danijela Weber-Kapusta (LMU Munich)

    Chapter 11 Creating New Theatres during the Economic Crisis: The Case of Estonia

    Hedi-Lis Toome and Anneli Saro (University of Tartu)

    Chapter 12 Cultural Struggles in Slovenian Institutional and Independent Theatre

    Maja Šorli and Zala Dobovšek (University of Ljubljana)

  7. Independent theatre scene

Chapter 13 Promises and Side Effects: The Frankfurt Theatre Crisis of the 1990s — A Case Study

Lorenz Aggermann (University of Giessen)

Chapter 14 Potential, Need, Risk. On Control and Subjectification in Contemporary Production Networks

Georg Döcker (University of Giessen)

Chapter 15 Theatre Crisis, Local Farce, or Institutional Change? The Controversy Surrounding the Munich Kammerspiele 2018 from an Institutional Logics Perspective

Bianca Michaels (LMU Munich)


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Christopher Balme is professor of theatre and performance studies at LMU Munich, Germany.

Tony Fisher is a reader in theatre and philosophy and Associate Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK.