Dramaturgy and Performance

Dramaturgy and Performance

by Cathy Turner, Synne Behrndt

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Dramaturgy and Performance by Cathy Turner, Synne Behrndt

Outlining different perspectives, this classic and field-defining text introduces 'dramaturgy' as a critical concept and a practical process in an accessible and engaging style. The revised edition includes a new introduction and afterword which provides insight into contemporary developments and future directions of scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137561831
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/28/2016
Series: Theatre and Performance Practices
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cathy Turner is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter, UK. She is co-editor of Palgrave's New Dramaturgies series and author of Dramaturgy and Architecture (Palgrave, 2015). She is a core member of Wrights & Sites, a group of four site-specific artists and authors of A Mis-Guide to Anywhere (2006).

Synne Behrndt is Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester, UK. She is co-editor of Palgrave's New Dramaturgies series. She is also a dramaturg who has worked for directors and companies both in Denmark and England and is the co-founder of artist network, Secret Hotel.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     x
General Editors' Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Dramaturgy     4
The Dramaturg     7
Why Now?     9
The Structure of the Book     11
Part I
What is Dramaturgy?     17
A Slippery Term     17
An Historical Perspective: Shaping a Dramaturgical Practice     19
Dramaturgical Analysis: Form and Content     25
The Weave of Performance     29
Dramaturgy and Context     34
Brecht's Productive Dramaturgy: From Emblem to 'Golden Motor'     38
The 'radical transformation' of the Theatre     38
Brecht's Dramaturgy: Re-contextualizing the Theatre     42
Brecht and the Dramaturg     55
Brecht as Dramaturg: Early Dialogues     57
Brecht's Dramaturgs: Later Dialogues     62
Names and Identities: Political Dramaturgies in Britain     70
'Radical Populism' or 'Carnival Agitprop'     72
'Brechtian Dramaturgy' and 'State-of-the-Nation' Plays     76
'Socialist Feminism' and a New 'Dialectical Dramaturgy'     80
'Radical Feminism' and the Discussion of a 'Women's' Dramaturgy     82
'Cultural Hybrids'     85
'New Dramaturgy'     90
Part II
The Dramaturg and the Theatre Institution     97
What is a Dramaturg?     98
Politics and Artistic Policy     103
The Dramaturg as Programmer     110
The Dramaturg as Educationalist and Go-between     113
The Freelance Dramaturg     116
The Multiple Roles of the Dramaturg     119
The Dramaturg and the Playwright     121
Definitions and UK Working Practices     121
The 'German' Dramaturg and the New Play     124
The Literary Manager and the British Playwright     127
The Dramaturg as Mentor or 'Buddy'     134
Writer Development and the Theatre Industry     136
European Influences on UK Practice     140
Conclusion     143
The Production Dramaturg     146
In Between     146
From Theory to Practice     149
Creating a Context     150
Pre-production     154
Attending Rehearsals     156
Casting - Shaping a Dramaturgy     159
The Dramaturg as Intermediary and Collaborator     160
The Production Dramaturg in Dance: An Emerging Field     165
Conclusion      166
The Dramaturg and Devising: Shaping a Dramaturgy     168
An Emerging Role     168
Beginnings     173
The Dramaturg as Map-maker and Compass-bearer     176
On-the-Spot Dramaturgy     180
Conclusion     181
Part III
Millennial Dramaturgies     187
The Real and the Represented     188
Getting the 'now' into the Text     190
The 'spatial turn'     195
Interactivity and New Technologies     198
Conclusion     202
Bibliography     204
Index     219

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