, April 20, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Thomas Lehmen speaks about his work as a dancer, performer, and teacher. Giving a brief insight on his artistic education, Lehmen elaborates on how his theoretical background with Luhmann’s system theory influences his approach to creating works and collaborating with the artists and participants of his projects. His emphasis on a collective creation process becomes clearer when speaking about his latest project “A Piece for You”, that creates a particular interwovenness between performers and audience. Lehmen speaks about the structure of his project and the reactions to it and shares his understanding about the act of performances and creation. read more
, March 28, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Chetana Nagavajara speaks about his research for his highly acclaimed book Brecht and France (1994) as well as on his perspectives on literature, performance, and the interweaving of performance cultures and research cultures. Educated at Cambridge and Tübingen and now Professor Emeritus of German at Silpakorn University, Thailand, Nagavajara is a scholar of comparative literature with extensive experience in performance – in Thailand as well as in Germany, France, the U.K., and the USA. Reflecting on his past experiences at the International Research Center, Nagavajara demonstrates the enormous potential of research that crosses disciplinary and cultural boundaries. read more
, February 13, 2017
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Johanna Devi, artist, choreographer and dancer, provides a personal insight into her artistic career and the choices leading up to the research project that she had pursued at the IRC. Following the stages of her training, she explains how dance and music as well as Germany and India have always been closely interwoven parts of her life. Devi describes the challenges of the project that aimed at elaborating the metaphysical connection of performers and audience members asking how ether or space could serve as a medium for the transportation of subtle energies that communicate the state of the performer to the viewer. read more
, December 18, 2016
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Jacqueline Shea Murphy, professor in the University of California, Riverside’s dance department, gives a very personal insight into the ways in which her life as a researcher has developed, has changed herself and intensified virulent research questions. Unfolding the complexity and range of her focus on “indigeneity,” Murphy concretely talks about how the impulses of Indigenous knowledge contribute to contemporary choreographic processes, modern dance practices, and alternative understandings of the world. read more
, November 2, 2016
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Navtej Johar, one of India’s leading dancers and choreographers, talks about his current research project “Naming Anxieties around Sacred/Erotic Dance”. He speaks about his training in Bharatanatyam, his research on Yoga and the history of Indian philosophy explaining how his work reflects questions of nationalism, body images, and the politics of dance in India today. read more
, August 18, 2016
In 2009, inspired by Yuan Dynasty dramatist Zhong Sicheng's Lu Gui Bu (Book of Ghosts), IRC-Fellow Danny Yung invited four Asian traditional performing arts masters to experiment dance and theater under the theme of "Ghosts" to reconnect the past with present, while showcasing the beauty of traditions in contemporary theater. Watch this trailer to learn more about the project. read more
, July 19, 2016
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Janez Janša, contemporary artist from Slovenia, speaks about his research project "Performing Name" following up his artistic project "I am Janez Janša" that he started in 2007 together with two other artists. He describes possible ways of approaching and reflecting on theater and explains in what way, to him, the social relevance is the most important aspect of an artwork. read more
, May 10, 2016
In this interview, IRC-fellow Richard Gough, Artistic Director of the Center for Performance Research (CPR), Professor of Performance Research and editor, speaks about his central working interest and research project, “Devouring Theater: After Taste”, on food in performances and food as performing art. He explains the importance of the concept of “interweaving” for his work and the impact of his fellowship on his research. read more
, March 16, 2016
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Nora Amin, a writer, performer, choreographer, theater director and educator from Egypt, discusses her reasons for creating "La Musica Independent Theatre Group." After the short overview of her theater experience, the interview focuses on her switch in interest from a more traditional theater to street theater and theater as a clear form of activism. In this context, she talks about her involvement with the first production of An Enemy of the People in Arabic language and her research project on her experience in producing a play during politically turbulent times. Her research focuses on the intersection between the culture of performance and the culture of protest. read more
, March 9, 2016
In this interview, IRC-Fellow Narges Hashempour, Iranian scholar, actress, director, writer, curator and dramaturge, talks about her connection to German theater and her first works as a director in Germany, introducing her comprehensive theater project Unwritten Whisper. She speaks about the role of women artists in Iran and the issues of gender in her own work. Explaining her motivation to expand her artistic work by a more academic dimension, she discusses the themes of her ph.d.-thesis on Iranian theater culture and gender performance. Pointing out the challenges caused by the mixing of her academic and her artistic work and by her cultural background, Narges Hashempour gives a thoughtful and differentiated insight into Iranian culture characterizing it as living "in-betweenness". read more