Thinking of/on the Stage Conference hosted by the chair of Theatre Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt in cooperation with the Tel Aviv University, The Forsythe Company and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Mousonturm Studio 1


“To move the thinking manto existence on the stage – that is the aim of this new theatre” – thus describes Walter Benjamin the quintessence of Brecht’s “epic theater” in 1931. Decades after this convergence of theater and theory, contemporary choreographers, practitioners and thinkers are  leaving their usual stages and platforms in order to pose the old questions anew: What does it mean to understand scenic courses of events as thinking? And, in contrast, what is meant by theater forms that are associated with respective forms of thought? Are there other forms of thinking that exceed conceptual thinking? The international and inter-disciplinary Thinking of/on the stage symposium is bringing theorists and artists together to publicly reflect on, communicate about and dispute these questions. Invited: Laurent Chétouane, William Forsythe, Bojana Kunst, Gerald Siegmund, David Levin, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Juliane Rebentisch, Freddie Rokem, Annalisa Sacchi, Tore Vagn Lid und Samuel Weber, among others.

In a Friday evening showing, Hessische Theaterakademie students and alumni will present a performance on the basis of Brecht’s learning/ teaching play Die Maßnahme by Daniel Schauf, Philipp Scholtysik, among others, as well as the lecture performance Meine Drei Großmütter by Meret Kiderlen and Andreas Mihan.

An event of the Theater Sciences Dept. of the Goethe-Universität in cooperation with the University of Tel Aviv and the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

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