Excluded? Social conflicts in Contemporary Plays and Performances
How are local, national and global social conflicts dealt with in contemporary theatre? To what extent does theatre still do justice to its task of not only holding a mirror up to society, a task ascribed to it in the 18th century at the time of the bourgeois Enlightenment, but also of being its critic, repair workshop and counter-world? How does what moves society communicate itself to authors writing for theatre? In what way does it shape or accompany their work? To what extent do the forms of working and presentation that have found their way into theatre under headings like performance or post-dramatic theatre respond to experiences with society and politics? Performance and post-dramatic theatre have been established in the non-German context and on the free theatre scene for some time now, and in the past two decades increasingly also in the large municipal and state theatres.
These questions will be put to three very successful contemporary dramatists and three performers, resp. performance duos, in the framework of a series of six lectures and/or conversations with artists and accompanying workshops. The artists involved in the Frankfurter Positionen are being invited for the first time to report on their approaches or positions in the form of a lecture or in conversation, above and beyond their works. The series, which also includes non-public seminars with students, is being organised by the Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft of the Goethe University, the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and the Künstlerhaus Moustonturm in collaboration with the publishers Verlag der Autoren, Fischer Verlag and the BHF- BANK-Stiftung.