Michael Roes, April 3, 2014
"Spring Awakening," directed by Michael Roes. Summer 2013 “Why do we busy ourselves in foreign countries?” is one of the central questions asked in all the debates on neo-colonialism. By “we,” panellists usually think of the ‘West,’ or the ‘Occident.’ And as “foreign” they preferably designate all non-European and North American countries. – And, of course, the anti-neo-colonialist’s answer to these questions is a strident “For no reason whatsoever!” Such debates tend to provoke polarising contributions … read more
Stephen Barber, February 20, 2014
Glass slide image by Eadweard Muybridge, 1880s This essay is based on a paper the author presented during the Symposium Dumb Type – The Birth of New Media Dramaturgy at Freie Universität Berlin in April 2013. It focuses on Lovers (1994) – the first moving-image installation work of Teiji Furuhashi, viewed within the framework of the histories of immersive moving-image projection environments involving human figures in performative movement. Alongside Lovers, it examines a film-projection experiment, The Birth, shown at the Expo ’70 in Osaka involving the work of Tatsumi Hijikata. The final part of this essay extends back to 1893 to look at the originating event for all projections of moving-images within specially-designed, enclosed spatial environments: Eadweard Muybridge’s project to create the first-ever space for the projection of moving-images to public audiences, through the construction of his ‘Zoopraxographical Hall.’ read more
Omar Elerian, February 6, 2014
The International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” opened the academic year 2013/14 with an international symposium entitled European Perspectives on Postmigrant Theatre. On this occasion, Omar Elerian, Associate Director at the Bush Theatre in London, offered 5 provocations on how British theatre can be affected in order to embrace change and contribute to building a cultural capital that will impact the next generation, regardless of its cultural or geographical heritage. read more
Azadeh Sharifi, December 18, 2013
Black artists, indeed all artists of color, are traditionally underrepresented in contemporary German theatre. This paper reflects on the debate on blackface in a broader context. It argues that the criteria used to justify blackface are similar to those explaining the underrepresentation of artists of color in German theatre in general. The three major questions posed are: Who is represented on stage? Whose perspective is shown? And for whom is this art made? read more
Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, December 4, 2013
A lot has been said and written in the recent months about the use of blackface in German theatre (and other cultural) productions. Mainstream positions that keep surfacing in these debates are based almost without exception on a deep lack of critical knowledge about Germany’s colonial past as well as the history of blackface, but also the complete underestimation of the power inherent to images and words. At the same time, the intensity of the reactions to anti-racist criticism in the cultural domain suggests, that there is indeed a, if subconscious, awareness of a historical “right” to psychological and corporeal violence against (former) colonial subjects that is now being endangered. This essay challenges four of the most popular misconceptions about this subject by taking a deeper look at the intrinsically linked mechanisms of identity, race and representation in Germany. read more
Rustom Bharucha, September 18, 2013
Reconfiguring Dance/Body at the Crossroads of Culture / By Rustom Bharucha On the occasion of the conference DANCE/BODY AT THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES, which took place in Nicosia, Cyprus in June 2011, Rustom Bharucha presented the opening keynote lecture on the notion of the dance body, movement, transformation, and the politics of touch.
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Matthias Lilienthal, August 2, 2013
X Apartments, Beirut 2013. Photo by Ashkal Alwan X Apartments went well. Albeit with many discussions: is it possible to do such a thing? Is it not a display of misery? Does it not confirm Orientalist prejudices? Today I went back to Bouj Hammoud and was greeted with friendliness on every corner. The Syrian fish ladies, who are the insider tip … read more
Matthias Lilienthal, July 18, 2013
Busses. Beirut 2010. © Katrin Wächter It’s so easy to get it wrong. Soon after arriving in Beirut, I end up at a kefta stand; a small, garage-like shack that no tourist would voluntarily set foot in. Yet the kefta and the chicken skewers taste fantastic. While eating, I look around. Straight across, there is a bus terminal. Especially in the darkness, it is at first difficult … read more
Thomas Martius, June 28, 2013
Workshop with Homi K. Bhabha © Thomas Martius read more
Matthias Lilienthal, June 12, 2013
Workshop with Rimini Protokoll, HWP 2012-13. Photo by Ashkal Alwan My flat is located in the Armenian neighbourhood of Geitawi. It is beautiful and spacious. Directly across, a man shouts every ten minutes. He used to teach Arabic, then he got fired. Now he teaches the street swearwords and curses, of which the Arabic language knows many. The light goes on and his voice thunders … read more