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Conference: Systemic Crisis in European Theatre

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Goethe-Institut Conference

Conference at the Goethe-Institut: this international conference examines the crisis of theatre in Europe.

Across the continent we can observe significant institutional challenges and transformations: funding cuts, demographic changes, media and technological innovations, political interventions, movements in the public sphere, shifts in aesthetic tastes and moods. Each alone is seldom enough to cause a crisis, but in combination they do. There is a pressing need for robust research into the complex configuration of factors at work that are leading to significant shifts in the way theatre is understood, organised, delivered and received. The conference will bring together scholars from different disciplines and countries to examine factors that are common across Europe.

Keynote speakers

Shannon Jackson (Professor of Rhetoric, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley), Chris Dercon (former Intendant, Volksbühne Berlin) in conversation with Peter Boenisch (Founding Co-director, European Theatre Research Network), Axel Haunschild (Professor, Leibniz Universität Hannover) and Tracy C. Davis (Barber Professor of Performing Arts; Professor of English and Theatre, Northwestern University).

International panels include:

Post-socialist theatre
Crisis of funding
Ways out of crisis?
Institutional Critique
Performance in crisis
Crisis of change

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Christopher Balme (LMU Munich/ Leverhulme Visiting Professor, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
Tony Fisher (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama).


The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Institute for Theatre Studies, LMU Munich
DFG Research Unit: ‘Configurations of Crisis: Institutional Transformation in the Contemporary Performing Arts’ (FOR 2734)
Goethe-Institut London
Supported by The Leverhulme Trust


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The Goethe-Institut London is a partner for this event, which is supported by The Leverhulme Trust.


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Event dates

27 Apr 2018 - 9:30am to 28 Apr 2018 - 5:30pm

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