FP Extra 2021

Lecture series: Theatre and the Crisis of Democracy

Against the backdrop of the current crisis of western democracy, to which the response in many places is a recourse to authoritarian forms of government and structures, the lecture series invites artists and scholars from in and around theatre and performance art, as well as the sciences devoted to them, to give some thought to the relationship between theatre and democracy. On the one hand, they should reflect on the current problems and crises of classical notions of democracy: migration, global warming and economic monopolisation, which can only be solved globally; the devaluation of the established actors and institutions associated with globalisation, for example, the nation and its parliament; acknowledgement of the co-responsibility of the West and its economic order for a large number of our current problems. On the other hand, the question should be raised as to which human being or which subject could be in a position to respond to the challenges described above. In what way do new kinds of theatre, of choreography, of crossover performances going beyond traditional genres and presentational variants, respond to the current crisis of democracy that is being formulated in many contexts? How do they address this crisis in their formats, organisational modes and contents?

The lecture series invites contributions from artists in the 2021 Frankfurter Positionen Festival whose works take up its theme of the Auslaufmodell I------ (Phase-out Model I------ ), as well as from scholars working in fields devoted to theatre. As far as the Covid-19 restrictions permit, the lectures will be held in front of a small audience and at the same time broadcast live-stream to a larger audience.


12. November
Carsten Nicolai (Künstler und Musiker, Berlin)

19. November
Ulrike Haß (Universität Bochum/Berlin)

26. November
Gernot Grünewald (Autor, Regisseur)

3. Dezember
Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Autor, Graz)

10. Dezember
Rebecca Schneider (Brown University, Providence)

17. Dezember
Pat To Yan (Autor, Hongkong)

14. Januar
Nature Theatre of Oklahoma (Performance-Duo, New York)

21. Januar
Christine Abbt (Universität Graz)

26. Januar
Geumhyung Joeng (Choreografin, Tänzerin und Performerin, Seoul)

4. Februar
Bettine Menke (Universität Erfurt)

8. Februar
Gerado Naumann (Autor und Performer, Buenos Aires) und Studierende

11. Februar
Marc Siegel (Universität Mainz)

18. Februar
Juliane Vogel (Universität Konstanz)

Ort: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstr. 4, sowie Live-Stream

12. November 2020 – 18. Februar 2021, jeweils 18:30 – 20:00 Uhr

Veranstalter: Theaterwissenschaft der Goethe-Universität in Kooperation mit dem Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, dem Festival „Frankfurter Positionen“, der BHF BANK Stiftung, der Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege und der Hessischen Theaterakademie.

Koordination: Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Julia Schade