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CovidTheatre: A German Update

A lot has happened since my last attempt to catalogue what theatres in the German-speaking world are offering online while we’re all in self-isolation, so rather than update the old post, I’m doing a proper second edition.Here goes. Rather...
From: dispositio on 13 Apr 2020

A Theatre without Actors

[This text has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form in Theatre Survey 59.2 (May 2018) (published by Cambridge University Press); copyright (c) 2018, American Society for Theatre Research.]   “But everyone...
From: dispositio on 12 Feb 2018

How to Kill a Great Theatre: The Tragedy of the Volksbühne

  Almost two years ago, the Berlin government announced that Frank Castorf’s contract as the artistic director of the Volksbühne would not be renewed after the end of his current term in the summer of 2017, and that his successor would...
From: dispositio on 20 May 2017

Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare; dir. Nicolas Stemann) Kammerspiele, Munich, Oct 2016

One might say that Nicolas Stemann doesn’t so much stage The Merchant of Venice as interrogate the play – or the very possibility of staging it now. That would only capture part of what this production is up to, but it’s an important...
From: dispositio on 20 Oct 2016

German Theatre and the Power of the Moment: Acting, Text, and “Logic”

I have been trying to figure out and describe what exactly is so special about German theatre. In some ways, especially from the perspective of the English-speaking theatre world, it may seem like I’d need to draw up a pretty long list: no historical...
From: dispositio on 20 May 2015

Platonov, Dissected

An empty stage, sliced diagonally in half by dolly tracks running from downstage right to upstage left; on those tracks, a grand piano on a cart, equipped with a microphone for the player. The pianist enters, sits at the piano, and starts a tentative...
From: dispositio on 13 May 2015

The Talkback Dilemma / Das Publikumsgesprächsleiden

I should be writing about the two Woyzecks I’ve seen this week, and about Karin Henkel’s fantastic John Gabriel Borkmann. But the other thing I’ve been watching, other than plays, is Q&As – and I have a few questions. They’re...
From: dispositio on 12 May 2015

Chekhov at the Gorki

Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theater, under the new artistic leadership that took charge last season, has quite aggressively redefined itself as what they call a post-migrant theatre — building an ensemble deliberately designed to reflect the multi-ethnic...
From: dispositio on 9 May 2015

Macbeth (Shakespeare; dir. Dave St-Pierre) Schauspiel Frankfurt

What happens when a German theatre hires a French Canadian choreographer to direct a play by Shakespeare? Something very Canadian. Dave St-Pierre’s staging of Macbeth at the Schauspiel Frankfurt is, in essence, a two-hour movement piece. The theatre,...
From: dispositio on 2 May 2015

A View from the Bridge (Arthur Miller; dir. Ivo van Hove) Young Vic / Wyndham’s, Feb. 2015

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen as rigorous, as complete, and as compelling a piece of theatre on a UK stage as Ivo van Hove’s take on Arthur Miller’s View from the Bridge. What’s marvellous about the show is that it takes a...
From: dispositio on 15 Feb 2015

German Theatre and Realism

The theatre trip I’m on right now is as exhilarating as it is exhausting, and I have nowhere near enough time to write about what I’m seeing. I’ll probably do a short-form round up of sorts in the next couple of days. But the other night,...
From: dispositio on 15 May 2014

Alles Weitere Kennen Sie aus dem Kino (Martin Crimp/Katie Mitchell), Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg (May 2014)

The curtain opens, and I think I’m in the Lyttelton. No way this is a German set. The proscenium is completely closed off — a picture frame around a photo-realistic replica of the entrance hall and swooping grand staircase of a decaying 19th-century...
From: dispositio on 3 May 2014

In Praise of the Proscenium Stage

There is a conviction that haunts the English theatre: that proscenium stages create distance. That they create a fourth wall. That they are ultimately, somehow, undemocratic. And that all the ills of the proscenium stage, that withdrawn, closed-off,...
From: dispositio on 1 May 2014

Kabale und Liebe (Schiller/Simon Solberg), Schauspiel Köln, April 2014

I’ve just embarked on another marathon in German theatre. This year, I partly want to see just how marked (if at all) the difference are between theatre in Berlin and the rest of the country. Last year, I repeatedly heard that because directors...
From: dispositio on 25 Apr 2014

Canadian Theatre has a Youth Problem

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Vienna, attending a congress celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Burgtheater’s current home, an utterly over-the-top theatre palace and one of the reputed hallowed sites of German-language performance arts,...
From: dispositio on 1 Nov 2013

Season Announcements, German style

I’m posting a string of German season announcements for 2013/14 on my tumblr. These are kind of amazing documents: proper books, sometimes well over 100 pages long, that introduce the ensemble for the coming season — with full-size head shots...
From: dispositio on 25 Jul 2013

Romeo and Juliet at the Schauspiel Frankfurt (Shakespeare/Bettina Bruinier)

My second Romeo and Juliet in Germany this year, and a much more satisfying production than Lars Eidinger’s at the Schaubuehne, which I saw in May. That’s not to say that the two productions were worlds apart: in fact, they approached the...
From: dispositio on 6 Jul 2013

What’s so special about German theatre: Part 1

A prologue The title’s a misnomer. Berlin is not Germany. Things are true there that aren’t true elsewhere. It’s also a bit of a theatrical pressure cooker, so even phenomena that occur throughout Germany are likely to find a more pronounced expression...
From: dispositio on 26 May 2013

A whole lot of theatre excitement

A shamelessly self-indulgent post — I have a very exciting May in Berlin ahead of me. Here’s the itinerary, with lots of links to trailers (almost all the links are in English): May 1: Don Juan (Moliere/Rene Pollesch) – Volksbuehne Part...
From: dispositio on 7 Apr 2013

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