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Dramaturgy Database


This Dramaturgy Database reflects our ongoing research of dramaturgy at Utrecht University. The database consists of (full text) interviews with Dutch and Flemish dramaturges, essays and reports on dramaturgy seminars and other documents that show how (Dutch) dramaturgy has developed in the past decennia.

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A dramaturg at work (in orange boots).

Courtesy to dramaturgs Anna Wagner and Nele Beinborn (Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm), photo Gabriel Poblete

This picture perfectly captures the work of a dramaturg, which is strongly characterized by flexibility. As Bojana Kunst notes, ‘as a participant in the process, the dramaturg can occupy a variety of roles: those of practical dramaturg, producer, festival director, stage manager, writer, journalist, teacher, workshop leader, coach, lecturer, academic, artist, dancer, production network member, cultural politics advisor, mentor, friend, compass, memory, fellow traveller, mediator, psychologist. The complexity of the dramaturg’s profession – the affective ability to move between theoretical reflection and practical knowledge, to be an external eye and an involved participant at the same time – is often too hastily reduced to a sort of aesthetic elusiveness.’

Bojana Kunst, ‘The Economy of Proximity: Dramaturgical Work in Contemporary Dance.’ Performance Research 14.3 (September 2009): 81-88.

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De dramaturgie van de ongehoorzaamheid: Historisch vormingstheater en politieke theatraliteit vandaag

In the 1970s, a form of political theater with the stated intention of educating its audience in an anti-capitalist sense reached a certain height. Today, there is a revival of political theater and theatricality, but with a different, less moralistic, form and content. This article explores the differences between the (meta)discourse – in theater studies and performance studies – about both genres, around concepts such as totality, representativeness, spectatorship and audience.

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