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DIG: Guest Lecture by Kim Solga


"Realism After Neoliberalism: on Katie Mitchell's Woman Killed With Kindness"

Neoliberal statecraft; realist stagecraft: there's no love lost between performance scholars and either of these institutional symptoms of a stultifying modernity. But what if our longtime assumptions about the retrograde, conservative nature of stage realism have been too quick to dismiss the activist potential of Henrik Ibsen et al? Drawn from my new book project, and focused on the provocative case of Katie Mitchell's 2011 adaptation of Thomas Heywood's A Woman Killed With Kindness as bourgeois naturalism, this talk will make the case for the contemporary re-imagining of avant-garde realist dramaturgy and technique as one provisional but powerful artistic response to the social tyranny of neoliberal globalisation.

Start Time: 2/17/2014  3:00 PM
Location: Angell 3154
Contact: leriks@umich.edu
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