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Iste – Ille. Here and There. Keynote on Global Theatre History (Stockholm, 22-24 Nov, 2018)

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Poster, 1905, designed by Alfons Mucha for Sarah Bernhardt’s “Farewell American Tour”, 1905-1906.

The understanding of what is historic(al), how to write history and how to archive the past depends largely on the temporal and cultural setting of societies. Against the background of increasing globalization and transnational as well as transregional mobilities in contemporary times, the traditional eurocentric writing of theatre history, too, has become subject to revision during the past decade. Global, transnational or transcultural studies and history have provided a discursive framework for reconsidering the (performing) arts, and for highlighting the study of connections, transregional or transnational exchange, networks, circulation and mobility. Theatre has ever since been a very mobile art form, open to new forms and ideas, a playground for negotiating politics, history, ethics and gender politics––, and a means of representing local and national values.

How can we keep these dynamics and counter-dynamics in mind when writing theatre histories, what methodological challenges do we need to face? When, how, and in which shape does “Europe” step in? Who owns, collects, stores, and claims the heritage of “European theatre” in a world of connections? In my talk, I am going to elaborate on the paradoxes and challenges adumbrated above by selected examples from the theatre history of the early twentieth century including WWI. By doing so, I shall introduce parameters and historiographical approaches as initiated within the framework of Global Theatre Histories.

The talk will be taking place within the framework of the symposium “From Local to Global: Interrogating Performance Histories”, organized by the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, University of Stockholm, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

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Ankündigung: neues Buch

978-3-8471-0805-4_600x600In Kürze erscheint meine jüngste Monographie Theater über Ozeane. Vermittler transatlantischen Austauschs (1890–1925) bei Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen.

Aus dem Klappentext:

“Sei es Artistik, Oper, Tanz, Schauspiel, Musical, Comedy oder Drama: die internationale Theaterszene im späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert wurde stark gesteuert durch die Profession des Vermittlers. Dieser Band betritt die infrastrukturellen »Hinterbühnen« globaler kultureller Mobilität im Zeitraum von 1890 bis 1925. Diskursiv verortet sich die Studie im Forschungsfeld der Globalgeschichte und -theorie. Der gewählte geografische Fokus ist ein transatlantischer, begründet durch den regen Austausch zwischen Europa und Nord- sowie Südamerika. Gesteuert wurde dieser Austausch wesentlich durch professionelle, international tätige Theatervermittler (Agenten, Broker). Die enorme Handlungsmacht der Vermittler im fokussierten Zeitraum wurde bisher kaum wissenschaftlich erforscht.”

Am Beispiel ausgewählter Agentinnen und Agenten – der Amerikanerin Elisabeth Marbury, der in Budapest geborenen deutsch-Amerikanerin Alice Kauser, des österreichisch-amerikanischen ‘Globetrotters’ Richard Pitrot und des in Deutschland geborenen ehemaligen Kontorsionisten H. B. Marinelli – erörtere ich in diesem Buch die Professionalisierung und Praktiken künstlerischer transatlantischer Vermittlung.

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new Publication out on “Circulation. Theatrical Mobility and its Professionalization” (Bloomsbury)

A Cultural History of TheatreEdited by Tracy C. Davis and Christopher B. Balme, this new Cultural History of Theatre series offers an insightful survey from ancient times (500 BCE) to the present. The set of six volumes covers a span of 2,500 years, tracing the complexity of the interactions between theatre and culture. Jointly with japanologist Stanca Scholz-Cionca, I contributed a chapter on “Circulation. Theatre Mobility and its Professionalization in the Nineteenth Century,” which is part of the series’ volume no. 5, “A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire (1800-1920)”, edited by Peter W. Marx.

Nic Leonhardt, Stanca Scholz-Cionca: “Circulation. Theatre Mobility and its Professionalization in the Nineteenth Century”, in: Peter W. Marx (ed.) A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire (1800-1920). London. Bloomsbury 2017.