DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar, Chicago: Rethinking Performance in Theory and Practice

25 February, 2017 by Christopher Balme | 0 comments

DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar, Chicago: Rethinking Performance in Theory and Practice

A seminar on German theory and performance, especially for junior US faculty. Participation is open to faculty members in the Humanities and Social Sciences at colleges and universities in the U.S.

RECENT PERFORMANCE WORK emanating from Germany – be it in theater, dance, or opera – has

had an enormous impact on performance practices in North America. Likewise, scholarly work in

performance studies emanating from Germany has had an enormous impact in the North American

academic world. In this seminar, we will engage some of the most important contributions in both

spheres – conceptual work by Erika Fischer-Lichte (on the theorization of performance), Hans-Thies

Lehmann (on post-dramatic theater and tragedy), and Gabriele Brandstetter (on contemporary dance)

as well as a host of recent productions from German stages (e.g., theater work from the Volksb├╝hne

Berlin, dance work by the Forsythe Company, performance work from the Hebbel Theater am Ufer, and

opera productions from the Stuttgart Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper). At the heart of the seminar

will be a set of interrelated questions, regarding the place(s) of theory in performance practice,

the status of the text in performance, and the role(s) of the spectator.

In addition to our discussions in the seminar room, a substantial component of the seminar’s work will

take place in the rehearsal room. We will attend the rehearsals of a number of ensembles preparing

original work in theater, performance, opera, and dance as part of the 2017 Chicago Performance

Lab (CPL) at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts. In addition to critical reflection

– familiar enough to academics – there will be an important and presumably less familiar dialogical

component to our work: we will engage in a sustained critical exchange with the production teams

(including directors, designers, dramaturgs, and performers) whose work we will be observing. Thus

we will seek to explore the intersection of critical and creative engagement.

The seminar is ideally suited to professors and post-doctoral scholars in a wide range of fields, including

Germanic Studies, Theater & Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Dance Studies, Film & Media

Studies, History, Musicology, and Literary Studies. Fluency in German is not required although an interest

in academic and creative work emerging from Germany is essential.

ELIGIBILITY Participation is open to faculty members in the Humanities and Social Sciences at colleges

and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants who have received their Ph.D.’s within the past two

years but do not yet hold faculty appointments are encouraged to apply. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible.

Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada.

STIPENDS AND FEES Accepted participants are eligible for a DAAD stipend, pending final confirmation

of funding. There is a $50 course fee.

APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2017 Forms and instructions at WWW.DAAD.ORG. All application

materials to be addressed to Professor Levin.

 

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