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Narrativity and Intermediality in Contemporary Theatre / Narrativité et intermédialité sur la scène contemporaine

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Edited By Alix de Morant, Helga Finter, Eva Holling, Didier Plassard, Bernhard Siebert and Gerald Siegmund

This book assembles the contributions to the international symposium Narrativity and Intermediality on the Contemporary Stage in Montpellier 2016. The symposium was based on the hypothesis that, despite the rise of performative and postdramatic theatre and a subsequent abandonment of the plot, theatre performances tell stories after all. The variety of positions in this book now discuss and reflect the relation between narration, theatre and intermediality nowadays.


Ce livre rassemble les actes du Colloque international Narrativité & Intermédialité sur la scène contemporaine, manifestation qui s’est tenue à Montpellier en 2016. Les contributions réunies dans cet ouvrage ont trait aux modalités par lesquelles la scène contemporaine, qu'elle soit théâtrale, chorégraphique ou performative, continue de produire du récit. Depuis l'analyse des œuvres, et dans un dialogue avec les artistes,  elles se consacrent aux interrogations qui relèvent de l'intermédialité.

Alix de Morant is Assistant Professor in Theatre & Dance Studies at the Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier 3 and Member of RIRRA 21 ( EA4209). Her main research topics include site specific performances, contemporary dance & theatre, phenomenology & environmental theatre. Trained as a dancer and an actress, she is working mainly in the field of practiceled research.

Helga Finter is Professor em. of Theatre Aesthetics and History at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. Her current research focuses besides the aesthetics of voice and technology, on the theory of representation since Italian Renaissance Theatre.

Eva Holling, Dr. phil, works as a research assistant on postdoc level at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. Her doctoral thesis on transference in theatre (2016) and won the Missing Link Award of Psychoanalytical Seminar Zurich in 2017. Activity in free authorship and art practice, co-founder of the group manche(r) art and part of the groups Mühlenkampf and Raumfaltung.

Didier Plassard is full Professor in Theatre Studies at the Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier 3. His research fields include various aspects of contemporary drama and contemporary stage, puppetry, avantgarde theatre, relations between theatre and images etc. He has published more than a hundred articles in academic journals and collective books, as well as many translations and interviews.

Bernhard Siebert works as a research assistant at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. He worked as head of press in Berlin’s Sophiensaele, and Zurich’s Theater Neumarkt, and has collaborated with theatre makers such as Herbordt/Mohren, Swoosh Lieu, and Kiriakos Hadjiioannou.

Gerald Siegmund is Professor of Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen. He studied Theatre, English and French Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. From 2005 to 2008 he was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Theatre Studies in Berne, Switzerland. Among his research interests are theatre and memory, aesthetics, dance, performance and theatre since the beginning of the 20th century.