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Avant-Garde Performance [Paperback]

Günter Berghaus

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June 16 2005

The volume examines the performance aesthetics of four major art movements—Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, and Constructivism. After outlining the origins and general characteristics of the historical avant-garde, this study offers detailed coverage of key performances undertaken by artists, usually outside the conventional theatre environment. Günter Berghaus identifies paths and trajectories through a complex artistic terrain, often referred to as “Art Performances,” and surveys trends and events that had a fundamental influence on the development of a modern theatre practice.


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"One of the most comprehensive studies to date of four major artistic movements that helped shape the avant-garde and modern theater practice...This is a remarkable examination of art and theater from a European perspective."—Choice

"Berghaus's Theatre, Performance, and the Historical Avant-Garde has the potential to become a crucial point of departure for the next generation of theatre scholars. At the very least, it will be an invaluable point of reference for anyone studying the experimental practices of the historical European avant-garde. Berghaus's book is written with exceptional clarity and with an admirable devotion to historical detail. It is meticulously researched and will be of interest to both beginning and advanced scholars of the theatrical avant-garde."--James Martin Harding, University of Mary Washington

About the Author

Günter Berghaus is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. He has held positions at the University of Rio de Janeiro and at Brown University and has published over a dozen books and a large number of articles on avant-garde performance, theatre anthropology, dance history, and Renaissance and Baroque theatre. He has directed numerous plays from the classical and modern repertoire and holds research awards from the Polish Academy of Sciences, the German Research Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Culture, the British Academy, and the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

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