The Schaubuhne Berlin under Thomas Ostermeier

The Schaubuhne Berlin under Thomas Ostermeier : Reinventing Realism

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On the 20th anniversary of artistic director Thomas Ostermeier's time at Berlin's Schaubuhne Theatre, this important study reflects on the contribution the theatre has made to contemporary theatre, not just in Germany, but around the world.

Ostermeier has kept extending and refining the important notion of German Regietheater (directors' theatre) with the Schaubuhne Theatre being its internationally famous birthplace under the previous artistic direction of Peter Stein. Through doing so, the work produced at the Schaubuhne has transgressed established divides of text-based and devised theatre, and blurred the borders between theatre and dance.

Combining scholarly reflection with interview material, this essential collection investigates how theatre has been reinvented by the Schaubuhne under Ostermeier's tenure, bringing together international theatre scholars such as Erika Fischer-Lichte, Marvin Carlson, Jitka Goriaux Pelechova, Benjamin Fowler, Ramona Mosse and Sabine Huschka. This study also considers productions by some of Ostermeier's past and present collaborators, such as Katie Mitchell, Falk Richter and Sasha Waltz.

This edition also includes the first English translation of Schaubuhne's original manifesto "The Mission" (1999); a contribution from Ostermeier's long-term co-director Jens Hillje; a contribution from Hans-Thies Lehmann on Falk Richter; and an interview with Thomas Ostermeier by Clare Finburgh Delijani.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 14.22mm | 422g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 bw illus
  • 1350165794
  • 9781350165793

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Preface - 20 years of the Schaubuhne Berlin under Thomas Ostermeier: Ambitions, achievements, transformations by Peter M Boenisch

I. The Schaubuhne Berlin under Thomas Ostermeier: Reinventing an institution
1) The first season: The Mission (1999) by Thomas Ostermeier, Jens Hillje, Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig
2) Between philosophical and sociological theatre: The political Regietheater of Peter Stein and Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubuhne Berlin by Erika Fischer-Lichte
3) The Schaubuhne's Civic Mission in the Age of Globalization: An Imaginary Island that Probes Society by Ramona Mosse
4) 'Audiences know their cause will be treated': Making political theatre at the Schaubuhne - Thomas Ostermeier in conversation with Clare Finburgh Delijani

II. Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubuhne: Reinventing 'Directors' Theatre'
5) Socialist Realism, Capitalist Realism, Ostermeier Realism by Marvin Carlson
6) Thomas Ostermeier's Shakespeare productions: The mise en action of canonical plays by Jitka Goriaux Pelechova
7) Hamlet out of joint: Variations on a theme in Thomas Ostermeier's production, 2008-2020 by Elisa Leroy
8) Sensing the North: Thomas Ostermeier and the Schaubuhne in Brazil by Igor de Almeida Silva
9) Confronting the present: Thomas Ostermeier's post-conceptual Regietheater by Peter M. Boenisch

III. The Schaubuhne's experiments across forms and borders: Towards a new realism
10) Theatre towards the liberation of thinking: Experimenting with realism(s) at the Schaubuhne, 2000-2010 by Jens Hillje
11) Re-scripting Realism: Katie Mitchell and Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubuhne by Benjamin Fowler
12) Encountering the rage from the South: Latin American theatre at the Schaubuhne's F.I.N.D. festival by Marina Ceppi
13) Performing Bodies as a scenic playground of social realities: Choreographic Theatre at the Berlin Schaubuhne by Sabine Huschka
14) REST/less EXHAUSTION, SEMI-CALM: Some notes on Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk's Trust by Hans-Thies Lehmann

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Review quote

Since 1999 under the directorship of Thomas Ostermeier the Schaubuhne Berlin has become the most visible German theatre on the international stage. In this volume, Peter M. Boenisch, author of a major monograph on Ostermeier, achieves the rare feat of bringing together contributions both from the artistic team as well as together an impressive collection of distinguished scholars from around the world which mutually illuminate this remarkable theatre. * Christopher Balme, University of Munich, Germany * This timely collection of essays by formative theatre scholars and practitioners is a must-read for anyone seeking insight into the trans/national implications of the Berlin Schaubuhne institutional politics, largely cued to Ostermeier's artistic leadership, and the ethics of realism that characterize much of his directorial work. This thought-provoking compilation is as suggestive for its approach to this theatre's self-critical institutional and production dramaturgy as it is for modeling a vital collaboration between scholars and artists. * Hana Worthen, Barnard College, Columbia University, USA *
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About Professor Peter M. Boenisch

Peter M. Boenisch is Professor of Dramaturgy at Aarhus University, Denmark and Professor of European Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, UK. His specialist areas are theatre direction and dramaturgy, with a particular focus on the German- and Dutch-speaking countries, as well as the institutional aesthetics and politics of the European theatre system. His books include Directing Scenes and Senses: The thinking of Regie (2015), The Theatre of Thomas Ostermeier, co-authored with the German theatre director (2016), and the volume Littlewood - Strehler - Planchon in the Methuen Drama series The Great European Stage Directors (co-edited with Clare Finburgh, Methuen Drama 2018). He also edited the 30th anniversary edition of David Bradby and David Williams's seminal study Directors' Theatre (2019). With Rachel Fensham, he is series co-editor of the series New World Choreographies.
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