Does Hamlet have to be naked? Creativity between tradition and innovation in German theatres

Eikhof, D. R. (2009) Does Hamlet have to be naked? Creativity between tradition and innovation in German theatres. In: Jeffcutt, P. and Pratt, A. C. (eds.) Creativity and Innovation and the Cultural Economy. Series: Studies in global competition (46). Routledge: London ; New York, pp. 241-262. ISBN 9780415419758

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In 2002, the conservative party's spokesman for cultural politics in Hamburg, Germany, and self-acclaimed supporter of the art of theatre demanded to stop funding one of the countries' most renowned public theatres. He claimed the theatre's avant-garde productions featured the same content as the shows in the nearby red-light district, but were aesthetically less pleasing. Conservative critics and audiences complain that nudity on stage is unnecessary and appalling, a 'cheap shocker' and of little artistic value. In order to understand the influence of tradition on artistic production in German theatres, one needs to look into the history of theatre. Theatre and art in general were believed to advance a person's character and mind, and as such were regarded as part of the education a state had to provide for its citizens. After the reunification, most east-German theatres were vastly overspent and faced financial difficulties, some of them had to close or merge.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Eikhof, Professor Doris Ruth
Authors: Eikhof, D. R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
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