Vol 23 (2011) (Re-)Constructing Theatrical Pasts

In recent years, after having been relegated to a somewhat secondary position after performance analysis and the study of various contemporary forms and cultural practices, historical research has once more come to the fore within theatre studies. Perhaps due to the emerging recognition that aesthetic and cultural analysis as well as innovative theoretical thinking depends on the continued examination and questioning of historical assumptions and categories.

The title of this issue – (Re-)Constructing Theatrical Pasts – reflects the impossibility as well as the creative impetus inherent in the attempts of early theatre historians to find out how the past ‘really was’. Striving for an unattainable ideal may be a way of pushing theoretical and methodological borders in historiography; and may even serve as an inspiration for theatre practitioners. (Continue reading the introduction by Magnus Tessing Schneider and Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen in NTS vol 23…)

CONTENTS vol 23 (2011)

Magnus Tessing Schneider and Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen
Introduction: (Re-)Constructing Theatrical Pasts
Willmar Sauter
The Drottningholm Court Theatre and the Historicity of Performance

Jens Hesselager

Sonorizing Melodramatic Stage Directions: ‘Reflexive Performance’ As A Way of Approaching Nineteenth-Century French Melodrama

Whitney A. Byrn
The Role of Scenography in the Reconstruction of Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Performance
Live Hov
Staging Papal Power: The All-Male Roman Theatre

OUTSIDE THE THEME
Robert Cardullo
The Pillar of Ibsenian Drama: Henrik Ibsen and Pillars of Society, Reconsidered
Per Zetterfalk
Lars Norén as Stage Director
Magnus Stenius
Actors of Violence: Staging the Arena in Mixed Martial Arts

CONFERENCE
The Strindberg Legacy