Christoph Schlingensief: staging chaos, performing politics and theatrical phantasmagorias

Scheer, Anna (2018) Christoph Schlingensief: staging chaos, performing politics and theatrical phantasmagorias. Engage . Bloomsbury/Methuen, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781350001053, 9781350001060

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This is the first book to focus specifically on the late all-round German artist Christoph Schlingensief’s theatre work, which subversively merges art, politics and everyday life to imbue his productions both inside and outside the theatre with a re-energized concept of the political in art. The book proposes the pluralistic concept of the phantasmagoria as a means to decoding Schlingensief’s unique theatrical vision and examines how it achieves its political radicality, yet retains a critical ambivalence in regard to an explicitly political intention. Key questions such as how his theatre functions as a provocation, and how an artist can insert themselves into the powerful flows of imagery produced by the perpetual global news cycle, form a coherent line of enquiry throughout each of the chapters. The significance of Schlingensief’s artistic legacy of politicized theatre-making that pioneers new modes of active, aesthetic and public engagement in the political realm remains pertinent to topical socio-political debates and is of relevance to an international audience across a diversity of disciplines.

Keywords:Christoph Schlingensief, German Theatre, avant-gardes, Interdisciplinary, Film, Political Theatre, Activism, Volksbühne Berlin, Frank Castorf, Germany Trilogy
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V222 German History
W Creative Arts and Design > W420 Directing for Theatre
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
L Social studies > L200 Politics
W Creative Arts and Design > W631 History of Cinematics
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
W Creative Arts and Design > W611 Directing Motion Pictures
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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Deposited On:07 Mar 2018 12:47

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