Wanna Play? Dries Verhoeven and the Limits of Non-Professional Performance

Bachmann, M. (2015) Wanna Play? Dries Verhoeven and the Limits of Non-Professional Performance. Performance Paradigm, 11, pp. 88-100.

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Abstract

In October 2014, Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer (HAU)—one of Germany’s most influential performance venues, programming and often co-producing work by artists such as Rimini Protokoll, Jérôme Bel, Meg Stuart and Gob Squad—opened its new season with a festival called Treffpunkte (meeting points).1 Conceptually, the month-long festival was located at the intersection of some of the major trends in contemporary Western theatre and performance, particularly the interest ‘in curating intimacy in public’ (Walsh 2014: 57; Read 2008), the renegotiation of theatre’s place in the public sphere (Balme 2014; Haedicke 2013) and the relation of socially engaged performance, in the broadest sense, to late global capitalism (Jackson 2011; Harvie 2013). Its explicit aim was to explore, through the means of performance, ‘the status of the private in the public sphere’ (den Status des Privaten in der öffentlichen Sphäre) and to find out whether ‘intimacy’ (Intimität)—equated with an authentic ‘communication between people’ (Kommunikation zwischen Menschen)—was still possible ‘in an age where the public space has been entirely pervaded by market conformity’ (im Zeitalter der totalen Durchdringung des öffentlichen Raumes durch das Marktförmige) (Vanackere 2014: 2).2

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Non-Professional Performance, Dries Verhoeven, German Theatre, Digital Culture, Grindr, Social Networking Sites, Digital Performance, Intimacy
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bachmann, Dr Michael
Authors: Bachmann, M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Performance Paradigm
Publisher:University of New South Wales
ISSN:1832-5580
ISSN (Online):1832-5580
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Performance Paradigm
First Published:First published in Performance Paradigm 11:88-100
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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