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May 10

Andrzej Wirth: A Century in the Landscape of Theatre

Photo by Carol Washburn (1967) and Pawel Kocambasi (2016)

Wednesday, May 10
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation
+ 4:00pm Screening of Theatre Without Audience
by Pawel Kocambasi, 2014, Poland
www.knudsenstreuber.com

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for an evening with Andrzej Wirth, the legendary philosopher of theatre and founder of the ‘Applied Theater Studies’ in Giessen (Germany) in conversation with his former student Frank Hentschker. We will be celebrating Wirth’s interview biography, Flucht Nach Vorn (Fleeing Forward) by theatre critic Thomas Irmer, published in Germany by Spector Verlag, Leipzig (Polish translation in 2016 by Theater Institute, Warsaw). In the afternoon The Segal Center will screen the 2014 biographical documentary film on Wirth entitled Theatre Without Audience by Pawel Kocambasi, focusing on Wirth’s life and his experiments with Brecht’s play fragments of Downfall of the Egotist Johann Fatzer.

 

Photo by Antonio M. Storch, 2017, Berlin

Andrzej Wirth, as a literary and theatre critic as well as an editor in Warsaw, wrote on Witkiewicz, Grotowski, Mrozek and Kantor. He was an assistant at Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble and associated with the literary Gruppe 47. A mediator between Polish and German culture during a vital period, Wirth translated works by German writers Kafka, Dürrenmatt, and Brecht into Polish and edited works by Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Borowski, and modern Polish dramatists. Following a political emigration to the USA in 1966, Wirth taught drama and comparative literature at Stanford University, moving to the City University of New York in 1970. Additionally, he directed plays at campus theatres. In the 1970s, Wirth was instrumental in introducing Gertrude Stein, Robert Wilson and American Avant-garde Theatre into German critical discourse. A former student of praxiology (the theory of praxis) at the Warsaw School of Analytical Philosophy, he was looking for its application in theatre studies. In 1982, he founded the first German Institute for Applied Theatre Theory (Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft) at the Justus Liebig University Gießen, garnering a national and international reputation for that program and inviting internationally reputed guests such as Heiner Müller, George Tabori, Michael Kirby, Robert Wilson, Richard Schechner, John Jesurun and Emma Lew Thomas. As a visiting professor, Wirth taught and directed at Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Oxford University, St Antony’s College, and the Freie Universität, Berlin. He has conducted international theatre workshops in Sydney, Australia, and under the hospices of the Teatro de la Righe in Volterra, Italy, as well as at Oxford University. With Thomas Martius, he made films on Venice and Las Vegas and on Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. A biographical documentary film on Wirth entitled Theatre Without Audience by Pawel Kocambasi premiered in 2014. The same year an interview biography, Flucht Nach Vorn (Fleeing Forward) by theatre critic Thomas Irmer was published in Germany (Spector Verlag, Leipzig; followed by a Polish translation in 2016(Theater Institute, Warsaw).

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May 18

Dramaturgy in the Making with Katalin Trencsényi, Peter Eckersall, Bertie Ferdman

Photo credit: DESH, Akram Khan Company, photographer: Richard Haughton

Thursday, May 18
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Book Talk
+ 2:00pm Screenings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us in celebrating the new publication Dramaturgy in the Making: A User’s Guide for Theatre Practitioners by Katalin Trencsényi, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Trencsényi’s research maps contemporary dramaturgical practices in various settings of theatre-making and dance to reveal the different ways that dramaturgs work today. It provides a thorough survey of three major areas of practice—institutional dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and dance dramaturgy—with each illustrated through a range of case studies that illuminate methodology and which will assist practitioners in developing their own “dramaturgical toolbox.” The book provides a detailed and precise insight into the dramaturgical processes at organizations such as the Akram Khan Company, les ballets C de la B (Ghent), the National Theatre and the Royal Court (London), the Schaubühne (Berlin) and The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab (Utah), among others.

Screening Schedule:

2:00pm One Day Pina Asked by Chantal Akerman (1983) 57 min
3:00pm Dancing Dreams by Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffman (2010) 89 min
4:30pm VSPRS Show and Tell by Sophie Fiennes (2007) 72 min

 

Photo by Lilla Khoór

Katalin Trencsényi is a London-based dramaturg, researcher and associate lecturer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Katalin is co-founder of the Dramaturgs’ Network (d’n) and is a member of the d’n Advisory Board. Katalin is the co-editor of New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014), and editor of Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch (Oberon Books, 2016).

 

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Peter Eckersall is Professor of Asian Theatre and Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Centre, City University of New York.  Recent publications include We’re People Who Do Shows, Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility (co-edited with Helena Grehan, Performance Research Books, 2013), Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (co-authored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley and Chris Hudson, Palgrave 2013) and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave 2013). He was the cofounder of Dramaturgies and was the resident dramaturg for the performance group Not Yet It’s Difficult.

 

Photo by Julien Jourdes

Bertie Ferdman is Assistant Professor at BMCC at the City University of New York, where she teaches theater studies courses and public speaking. Her essays have appeared in TDR, PAJ, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and Performance Research. Her book, Off Sites: Contemporary Performance beyond Site-Specific, is forthcoming from SIU Press- its Theater of the Americas Series. She was co-editor of a Special Issue of Yale’s Theater Magazine on Performance Curating. Her essay from that collection is upcoming in an anthology titled Curating Live Arts: Global Perspectives, Envisioning Theory and Practice in Performance. Bertie is a graduate of Yale University, has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and earned her PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY.

 

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