Synopses & Reviews
The role of the dramaturg has become of increasing importance within live art, devised and physical theatre, experimental performance and dance contexts in recent years. This edited collection is the first book to comprehensively explore the role of the dramaturg within these contexts and consider how the role has transformed in recent times. With essays, case studies and interviews drawn from practitioners and scholars from across Europe, as well as from the USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Korea, New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice offers a uniquely global perspective on some of the emerging dramaturgical practices.
As a guide to current and emerging dramturgical practices in a broad variety of contexts from across the international spectrum, New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice is an unrivalled resource for practitioners, scholars and students.
Recent shifts in the theatrical landscape have had corresponding implications for dramaturgy. The way we think about theatre and performance today has changed our approaches to theatre making and composition. Emerging new aesthetics and new areas of dramaturgical work such as live art, devised and physical theatre, experimental performance, and dance demand new approaches and sensibilities.
New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice is the first book to explore new dramaturgy in depth, and considers how our thinking about dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturg has been transformed.
Edited by Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane, New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice provides an unrivalled resource for practitioners, scholars, and students.
About the Author
is a London-based dramaturg. She completed her PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics) at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. As a freelance dramaturg, Katalin has worked with the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, the Courtyard Theatre, Deafinitely Theatre, Corali Dance Company, and Company of Angels amongst others. Katalin co-founded the Dramaturgs' Network with Hanna Slättne in 2001, and has worked on its various committees ever since. From 2010 to 2012 Katalin served as President of the Dramaturgs Network. Katalin is one of the contributors to the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy
(2014). Her monograph on contemporary dramaturgical practices, Dramaturgy in the Making
, is to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015.
Bernadette Cochrane is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. As a freelance director and dramaturg she has worked for several independent companies in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She co-convenes the Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. Bernadette has edited a special issue of the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance (2011, Vol. 4 No. 3), and has a chapter in Invisible Presences: Translation, Dramaturgy and Performance (2014). She has an article forthcoming considering the recently proliferating practice of screening live performances (primarily of opera, theatre, and dance) in cinemas, in the journal, Adaptation (2014).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
New dramaturgy: A post-mimetic, intercultural, process-conscious paradigm Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane
Acknowledgements Part 1 Towards a New Theory
1 Dramaturgy in ‘Postdramatic Times Joseph Danan
2 Dramaturgy as Ecology: A Report from The Dramaturgies Project Peter Eckersall, Paul Monaghan and Melanie Beddie
3 Respect and Perspective: Art, Structure and Ownership Alan Lawrence Part 2 Text
4 Telling Stories Across Forms: Interview with Brian Quirt (artistic director, Nightswimming, Toronto) Yolanda Ferrato
5 Towards Performed Dramaturgy Duška Radosavljevic
6 Disruption as Revealing the Essence of Truth Gad Kaynar in conversation with Ruth Kanner Part 3 Devising
7 The Feeling of Devising: Emotion and Mind in the Devising Process Jackie Smart
8 ‘ A Way of Listening : Interview with John Collins (artistic director, Elevator Repair Service, New York) Ana Pais
9 The Appliance of Science: Devising, Dramaturgy and the Alternative Science Play Alex Mermikides Part 4 Dance
10 Time and a Mirror: Towards a Hybrid Dramaturgy for Intercultural-Indigenous Performance Rachael Swain
11 Going ‘Au-del à: A Journey into the Unknown. Reflections of a Choreographer and a Dramaturg Lou Cope and Koen Augustijnen
with contributions from Annie Pui Ling Lok
12 Re-Membering Zero Degrees Guy Cools Part 5 Spectatorship
13 Porous Dramaturgy and the Pedestrian Cathy Turner
14 Dialectical Theatre and Devising: Dramaturgy as a Dialogue between the Author and the Audience Pedro Ilgenfritz
15 Acts of Spectating: The Dramaturgy of the Audience s Experience in Contemporary Theatre Peter M. Boenisch
In lieu of a conclusion Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane