Between Theatre Histories and Performance Events

Arts and Law
Thursday 9th May 2013 (11:30-17:00)
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  • Room 106, Orchard Learning Resource Centre, Selly Oak

The Department of Drama and Theatre Arts is pleased to launch a Research Seminar Series, beginning in the Summer Term 2013. Professor Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität, Berlin) has been invited to inaugurate the Seminar with a lecture followed by an intensive workshop on theatre methodologies. The one-day event will take place on 9 May and will be supported by the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, including the Shakespeare Institute.

Both the lecture and the workshop will draw on Fischer-Lichte’s major writings, which have become available in English through the publication of a series of books in the last decade (History of the European Drama and Theatre, Routledge 2002; Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual: Exploring Forms of Political Theatre, Routledge 2005; The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics, Routledge 2008). The above books currently provide standard reading in Theatre and Performance Studies departments in the UK, while also being widely used in scholarly research across the Anglophone world.

The lecture will question the emergence of the concept of intercultural performance and suggest a range of ways to consider and analyse performance cultures and their interaction. Expanding on the lecture’s thematic, the workshop will focus on theatre historiographies, interrogating their various uses and applications. For the purposes of the workshop, graduate students in the Department of Drama & Theatre Arts and the Shakespeare Institute will give 10-minute provocations, addressing the implications of theatre research with reference to three interrelated areas of interest:

  • Perspectives in theatre historiography
  • Uses of political theatre
  • Challenges of contemporary performance

Student provocations will be followed by Prof. Fischer-Lichte’s responses and discussion.


  • 11.30am-1pm, Lecture: ‘Re-thinking the Concept of Intercultural Theatre/Performance’
  • 1-2pm, Lunch break
  • 2-5pm, Intensive Research Workshop on Theatre Historiographies

For information please contact Eleftheria Ioannidou at