Research output: Book/Report/Proceedings › Anthology
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Methuen Drama|
|Number of pages||324|
|Name||Methuen Drama Engage|
Is postdramatic theare political and if so how? How does it relate to Brecht's ideas of political theatre, for example? How can we account for the relationship between aestetics and politics in new forms of theatre, playwriting, and performance?
The 11 chapters by 13 contributors in this book discuss crucial aspects of the issues raised by the postdramatic turn in theatre in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century: the status of the audience and modes of spectatorship in postdramatic theatre; the political claims of postdramatic theatre; postdramatic theatre's ongoing relationship with the dramatic tradition; its dialectical qualities, or its eschewing of the dialectic; questions of representation and the real in theatre; the role of bodies, perception, appearance and theatricality in postdramatic theatre; as well as subjectivity and agency in postdramatic theatre, dance and performance.
Offering analyses of a wide range of internationa performance examples, scholars in this volume engage with Hans-Thies Lehmann's theoretical positions, relating them to other approaches by thinkers ranging from earlier theorists such as Brecht, Adorno and Benjamin, to contemporary thinkers such as Fischer-Lichte, Rancière and others.