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Christoph Schlingensief: Staging Chaos, Performing Politics and Theatrical Phantasmagoria (Methuen Drama Engage)

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The first book to focus specifically on the late German artist Christoph Schlingensief's theatre work, it subversively merges art, politics and everyday life to imbue his productions both inside and outside the theatre with a re-energized concept of the political in art. Scheer traces Schlingensief's artistic lineage as a filmmaker with no formal training in theatre, whose work does not correspond to theoretical frameworks such as postdramatic theatre, Regietheater, or established categories of political theatre such as Brechtian, community, and agit-prop theatre. She explores how his work instead draws upon the highly performative gestures of the historical and post-Cold War avant-gardes as well the happenings and event-based practices of the sixties. Comprehensive case studies of six diverse theatrical and activist events are offered to demonstrate both the immediacy of Schlingensief's response to contemporary social and political events and his use of a range of artistic influences and different genres: Rocky Dutschke '68 (1996), Save Capitalism: Throw the Money Away! (1999) The Berlin Republic - or the Ring in Africa (1999) Hamlet (2001), Atta Atta - Art Has Broken Out! (2003) and the Church of Fear (2003). Key questions such as how his theatre functions as a provocation, and how an artist can insert themselves into the powerful flows of imagery produced by the perpetual global news cycle, form a coherent line of enquiry throughout each of the chapters. The significance of Schlingensief's artistic legacy of politicized theatre-making that pioneers new modes of active, aesthetic and public engagement in the political realm remains pertinent to topical socio-political debates and is of relevance to an international audience across a diversity of disciplines.
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ISBN-13: 9781350126565
ISBN-10: 135012656X
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.38 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Methuen Drama
Seria Methuen Drama Engage

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


The book presents in-depth case studies and analyses of Schlingensief's politically focused productions rather than a broad ranging panorama of the artist's career trajectory as provided by recent international exhibition catalogues

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Anna Teresa Scheer is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Lincoln, UK. She studied theatre in London and worked as a performer and director in the UK and in Germany where she lived until 2007. She is co-editor (with Tara Forrest) of the book Christoph Schlingensief: Art without Borders (2010) and has published several further articles and book chapters on his work.


Introduction 1. Schlingensief's Germany: Coming of Age in the Eighties, Re-unification Problems in the Nineties2. From Filmmaker to Contemporary Phantasmagorian 3. Re-playing the Sixties: Rudi Dutschke's Long March, Rocky Dutschke '68 and Performative Activism4. A Phantasmagorical Intertwining: Contemporary German Politics as Theatrical Farce 5. Spectres of Fascism and a Theatrical 'Ghosting': Hamlet - Nazi-line 6. Art, Terror, a Church in Cyberspace and a Mobile Congregation: The Democratization of Fear as a Utopian Social ProjectConclusion: Schlingensief and his Phantasmagoric TheatreEndnotesBibliographyIndex


[This] collected volume Christoph Schlingensief: Art Without Borders, coedited with Tara Forrest in 2010, is an essential resource for anyone working on Schlingensief, particularly on the early English reception of his work. Scheer has now produced her first monograph on Schlingensief, which also functions as an introduction to his work for an English-speaking audience... Scheer's book will quickly become an essential guide for Schlingensief's perplexed followers.
The most rigorous account of the German director's oeuvre to date in any language ... By deftly weaving together sociohistorical context with meticulous performance analysis based on live viewings and archival research, Scheer has written a monograph that will be the starting point for any future research.