Theatre

Theatre is in several respects a key component of literary and cultural studies. Although drama is one of the three literary genres, its central genre-specific feature – the theatrical performance – is often underestimated. The literary study of a theatre text must, however, always adopt the perspective of performance analysis to account for its theatrical realizations in the past and present. In doing so, it must recognize that, as a place of assembly and (intercultural) interaction between actors and audience, theatre is a social and political site – where people can watch each other acting, directly reacting, and exerting influence.

What is different about how BCE – German Studies engages with theatre in research and teaching is its intercultural perspective, which is crucial both for the analytical studies of plays and performance, and for the socio-political questions that accompany them. The regular public lecture series Theatre International and the bi-national Master’s programme Theatre Studies and Interculturality deepen and broaden this focus. The fact that cultures are increasingly based not just on texts and artefacts, but on productions and performances, also opens up a research field for interdisciplinary and cultural-theoretical research questions.

Research and teaching in theatre studies are based on intensive cooperation with theatres and theatre professionals in Greater Luxembourg (see Partners) in the form of joint projects, but also practical seminars and the provision of internships. The focus here is on the close interlocking of theory and practice, of cultural and socio-political life and university research.

Contact: Dr. Natalie Bloch (natalie.bloch@uni.lu)