Index of Titles Filed Under 'Theater'

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PublisherReaktion Books2014
Playwright, poet and activist Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) was known for his theory of the Epic Theatre and his attempts to break down the division between high art and popular culture. The Threepenny Opera, his collaboration with composer Kurt Weill, was a milestone in musical theatre, and plays like Mother Courage and Galileo changed the course of modern drama and aesthetic theory. Framed by two world wars, the Weimar Republic and a global depression, Nazism and exile and East German socialism, Brecht’s own life became a project, illuminating and intervening in the ongoing crisis of modern experience, shaped by capitalism, nationalism and visions of social utopia. Brecht ...
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The journalist and dramaturg Andreja Kopač and the media art critic Ida Hiršenfelder here discuss the unique aesthetics and discursive strategies in the work of Neven Korda. In his career that spans three decades, Neven Korda has created a range of specific performative practices that emerge at the intersection of the textual, the visual and the musical. With his projects, Korda has been emphasising the importance of theatre both in its nature of communal space as well as in the appropriation of the performative that it allows. Every instalment or performance unravels and deepens his intentions, namely searching for the ...
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PublisherTriple Canopy2019
“A fence’s integrity rests on its ability to enclose what one is unwilling or unable to offer.” Views from a performance of black fatherhood. “Fences” by Saretta Morgan is part of Resentment, the twenty-fifth issue of Triple Canopy, that is devoted to reclaiming—if not recuperating—resentment, especially as harbored by those who are used to fits of anger and bitterness being indicted as unproductive, petty, selfish, even pathological.
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PublisherEDIT Collective2019
The Taylorist tools of our modern homes, from the lawnmower to the microwave, are engineered for solo users. These tools complement our growth-oriented consumerist culture and gendered performance of the nuclear family. Honey I’m Home! questions domestic rituals by altering the props which support them. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for example, is a fictional, provocative prototype for collectivising domestic labour. As an alternative to the capitalist assumption that housework is most efficient when performed individually, the GDP is a device best used by three people.
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PublisherFundación Cisneros2017
Jaime Davidovich (1936–2016) was an Argentine-American video/television-art pioneer and conceptual artist who was at the very forefront of many innovations that we now, through the lens of history, recognize as well-established forms in art and mass media. As a fixture of the SoHo-based experimental art scene of the 1970s and 1980s, Davidovich worked in a broad variety of media throughout his long career, including video, painting, and installation, while also establishing himself as an activist and public-access television producer. His weekly variety program, The Live! Show (1979–1984) featured performances, appearances, and interviews with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Eric Bogosian, ...
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PublisherPrinted Matter2010
We contradiction culturists and garbologists. We create our own notes from the toss-out’s of the economy’s music. We strip the music of its purposes and sing the deedles beyond the reach of the purposemakers…
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PublisherTriple Canopy2016
Prompted by the 2011 Egyptian uprising, this book-length essay on the cultural politics of sleep by writer and editor Anna Della Subin takes as its starting point Tawfiq al-Hakim’s 1933 play The People of the Cave. Based on the legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, which also appears in the Qur’an, the play tells the story of three Christian men and a dog who awaken in a cave after fleeing from persecution by their pagan king. Upon venturing out, the men discover that three hundred years have passed, and must come to terms with a transformed world. Though hailed ...
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Luis talks about his past work in theater and discusses his current role as a partner and executive producer at Butcher Bird Studios focusing on film and television. The final part of our conversation is entirely devoted to the medium of Virtual Reality and how it plays a role in media today as well as art.
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PublisherSite Visit2017
Ashley and Erik visit the Michigan League to see a musical with John McMorrough, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a principal architect in Studio APT (Architecture Project Theory). The building is currently home to a staged production of One Hit Wonder. Written by Jeremy Desmon, this jukebox musical is set to a soundtrack that includes notable one-hit wonders such as “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves and “Closing Time” by Semisonic. John McMorrough’s work is motivated by the conviction that architecture, as a field of knowledge, continually needs to situate ...
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PublisherHalmos2012
“Weep no more, citizens; they breathe, these celebrated men for whom we cry; our patriotism reanimates them” Presented in honor of Marat and Le Pelletier, “Citizen Sade” wrote this memorial address at the height of violence during the French Revolution, just after the start of the Reign of Terror. The text, effusive and cloyingly patriotic, brings to question the Sade’s own political position – a provocative impulse all the more remarkable given the addresses audience: the gathered Section des Piques, amongst the most hardline Jacobin districts of Paris. Though frequently cited and made infamous as the inspiration for Peter Weiss’ influential ...
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PublisherPrinted Matter2010
(The stage lights, like a cell phone searching for a signal, slowly come up and start to flicker.) A fugitive figure moves to the edge of the stage and holds out a bottle of water. After a long pause, ze [“IT,” carved into zer chest] speaks. Fugitive figure [a trans- prefix]: This will be my brief aside before the performance, my trans ( ) critique, before/on/and within the (empty set). On this day only one will be hunted down by the state machinery, that old chthonian apparatus for bearing no name in the desert of the real. It is after all ...
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PublisherGauss PDF2019
Although a “closet drama” is by definition a play meant to be read rather than performed, this does not preclude an attempt at staging the anima. Unlinking “closet drama” from its primary theatrical definition in this way frees up other connotations for “closet drama” as well, which I think serves the plays. “Anima,” Latin for soul or vitality, is also Jung’s word for emergent femininity. If we proceed towards a performance, anything in italics should be considered a stage direction, even if it seems to interrupt speech. These directions should be taken seriously and enacted wherever possible (through set, lighting, audio, ...

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