Some Additions to the Post-notions: Post-Dramatic Text Cover Image

Lisandusi post-mõistestikule: postdramaatiline tekst
Some Additions to the Post-notions: Post-Dramatic Text

Author(s): Luule Epner
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: SA Kultuurileht
Keywords: drama theory; construction of notions; post-dramatic theatre; post-dramatic text

Summary/Abstract: In order to describe some recent developments in the theatre, H.-T. Lehmann has coined the concept of 'post-dramatic theatre' ("Postdramatisches Theater", 1999). In post-dramatic theatre the written text no longer functions as the central element of a performance; moreover, this type of theatre performance is not subject to the structure and conventions of a traditional (Aristotelian) drama, such as narrative, dialogue, coherent characters, etc. The article examines what relationship this notion has with the postmodern theatre, how the concept of post-dramaticity is constructed and how it is applied to the analysis of texts for the stage. A drama text is characterized by inner theatricality, i.e. it reflects the basic structural traits of a performance (most importantly – the position of the spectator, built into the text), as well as certain theatre conventions specific to the particular era. In the article the nature of post-dramatic theatricality and the main strategies of post-dramatic texts are studied. The relevant phenomena in Estonian writings for the theatre are examined on the example of the theatre texts by stage directors Mati Unt, Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper, Tiit Palu, etc.

  • Issue Year: L/2007
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 1-14
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Estonian