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The Resistant Text in Postdramatic Theatre: Performing Elfriede Jelinek's ‘Sprachflächen’

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The Resistant Text in Postdramatic Theatre: Performing Elfriede Jelinek's ‘Sprachflächen’. / Juers-Munby, Karen.

In: Performance Research, Vol. 14, No. 1, 03.2009, p. 46-56.

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title = "The Resistant Text in Postdramatic Theatre: Performing Elfriede Jelinek's {\textquoteleft}Sprachfl{\"a}chen{\textquoteright}",
abstract = "This article places stagings of theatre texts by Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek in the wider theoretical context of the relationship between text and performance in postdramatic theatre. Countering a widespread misperception that postdramatic theatre is by definition theatre beyond the use of text, the article argues that in Jelinek productions, postdramatic forms of communication arise in response to a challenging new type of theatre text provided by the writer that actively demands new directorial and performative approaches. After first looking at Jelinek{\textquoteright}s longstanding resistance to conventional theatre practice as articulated in her theoretical essays, I explore productions by Thirza Brunken, Einar Schleef and Nicolas Stemann. I argue that Jelinek{\textquoteright}s texts act as a resistant force and that productions of her work increasingly acknowledge and openly exhibit the conflict between written text and performance in their dramaturgical approaches. ",
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