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Max Reinhardt, Regiebuch for Macbeth (1916)
Jan Fabre, Drawing for Het is theater zoals te verwachten en te voorzien was (1983)
Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Voyage au bout de la nuit (1999)
Robert Wilson, The Forest (1988)
THE DIDASCALIC IMAGINATION: Contemporary theatrical notebooks as genetic documents of the artistic process

 

The project “The Didascalic Imagination: Contemporary theatrical notebooks as genetic documents of the artistic process” traces the heritage of the Regiebuch in contemporary, post-dramatic theatre. The project aims to examine the impact of new media on contemporary versions of the theatrical notebook, and to inventory and analyse the use of documents, partitions and notebooks during the creation processes of a selection of contemporary theatre directors. In doing so, we hope to trace the impact of the (nowadays often intermedial) theatrical notebook on the creation and aesthetics of the contemporary, post-dramatic theatre. 

 

The hypothesis of the project is that the narrative structure, or rather the visual narrative on stage, is co-directed and determined by the visual composition techniques (sketches, storybooks, video, drawings, (sound and image) montages, etc.) used by theatre makers during the rehearsal process. In order to elaborate and test this theory, notebooks from eight contemporary directors (Guy Cassiers, Ivo Van Hove, Luk Perceval, Romeo Castellucci, Jan Fabre, Robert Wilson, Jan Lauwers and Heiner Goebbels) will be examined in order to establish a typology of the contemporary Regiebuch. These will be compared with traditional theatrical notebooks of historical theatre directors (Max Reinhardt, Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett). The analysis of the contemporary notebooks will be supplemented by interviews with the directors.

 

"The Didascalic Imagination: Contemporary theatrical notebooks as genetic documents of the artistic process," is a four year research project (2013-2017), funded by the FWO - Research Foundation Flandres. The project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Luk Van den Dries (University of Antwerp) and co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Johan Callens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Two part-time post-doctoral researchers - Dr. Frederik Le Roy and Dr. Thomas Crombez at University of Antwerp -and one full-time doctoral researcher - Edith Cassiers, affiliated with both VUB and UA - are working on the project.

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