Contemporary Theatres in Europe: A Critical Companion by Joe Kelleher, Nicholas Ridout

By Joe Kelleher, Nicholas Ridout

Europe on the flip of the twenty-first century is a spot the place the perform of theatre nonetheless issues. Theatre continues to be a spot and a tradition within which urgent questions of political and private id, hope, mind's eye and dissent should be explored.

Contemporary Theatres in Europe: A serious spouse deals a sequence of essays approximately one of the most fascinating theatre presently being made in Europe. It additionally provides various assorted techniques to the problem of writing concerning the event of theatre and function. The publication comprises essays on one of the most celebrated ecu theatre businesses of the final 20 years (Theatre du Soleil, Societas Raffaello Sanzio), in addition to concerns of labor that remains basically to be present in the extra secluded components of the eu theatrical panorama. it is usually essays on song theatre, dance and dance theatre and theatre for kids: theatrical practices that are frequently marginalized in serious writing yet that are essentially nonetheless vital to the paintings of theatre makers in Europe.

This ebook bargains the scholar, the student and the theatre-goer an educated and vibrant severe advent to modern theatre in Europe and an open invitation to the reader to increase their theatrical imaginations. a suite of specifically commissioned essays which goal to examine present theatre practices throughout Europe, via particular examples and case stories by way of expert writers/academics. the assumption is to think again ''the probabilities of theatre perform, its relation to background and site and its position in Europe on the flip of the twenty first century.'' this is often a great deal attached to an important questions about the that means of concert (in our media-saturated age) which animate this self-discipline in the meanwhile.

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The 14 Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout other aspect of this theatre’s contemporaneity has to do, though, with what these particular practices might share with other performance practices in other climates. That other contemporary European theatre is also here, wherever ‘here’ is, although it takes, perhaps, an ear – rather than an eye – to attend to it: as Pearson says, ‘a closer listening to’. Again, what this listening will attempt to attend to is what the performers think they are ‘doing’, because ‘to actually do it, that’s something else’.

18 As it is, Long Life, the other piece in the JRT 2003–4 season, is quiet enough (there is no text and no one speaks above an indistinct mumble), although it is possible to hear in the background the grinding of the gears of what Agamben has called the ‘anthropological machine’, the conceptual machinery that threshes out human value from the other stuff. 19 In the show performed at the JRT studio there are no obvious winners nor losers, just an exploitation of that peculiar phenomenon that the theatre specialises in, the sense of a human reality close enough to touch and at the same time out of reach, presented and re-presented, at once familiar and irredeemably alien.

On the face of it, Bayly’s essay would seem to refute that claim – there are no experiences of theatre in it – but upon reflection you might conclude that there might be, if you want to take up the invitation to make them your own experiences. 1 The 2003–4 programme was proposed as a response to a perceived ‘technological crisis’ in the acting profession, namely the usurpation of the actor’s ‘monopoly’ (as exercised largely in cinema and theatre) on the production of imitations of reality, by the expansion of television ‘reality shows’.

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