Trim: 6½ x 9½
978-1-4985-2714-9 • Hardback • May 2016 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4985-2715-6 • eBook • May 2016 • $105.50 • (£82.00)
Dennis Barnett is professor of theatre at Coe College.
Foreword: Butterflies Who Dream of Being a Theatre
A PATH TO HEALING: PERFORMANCES IN SERBIA
Chapter 1 - Theatre that Matters: How DAH Theatre Came to Be
Chapter 2 - Honoring Memory and Articulating Truth: The Case of Serbia’s DAH Theatre
Max Stephenson and Lyusyena Kirakosyan
Chapter 3 - DAH Theatre’s Angels: Doubling the Directions of Community-based Memory
Chapter 4 - Two Main Tendencies in the Work of DAH Theatre: A Performance Analysis of Two Respective Cases
Chapter 5 - Story of Tea
Chapter 6 - In/Visible City: Transporting Histories and Intersecting Identities in Post-war Serbia
The Lost Show: Tender, Tender, Tenderly and Yugo-nostalgia
SPREADING THE PEACE: REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD
Chapter 8 - Enduring and Transforming: DAH Theatre and 7 Stages' Maps of Forbidden Remembrance
Chapter 9 - On Directing A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard: DAH Theatre, Physical Theatre, and Neurobiology
Chapter 10 - Two Interviews: Erik Ehn and Siegmar Schroeder
Chapter 11 - My Experience of DAH
Chapter 12 - Elegance, Refusal, Survival: DAH Theatre
Chapter 13 - Changing Ourselves to Change Society
Chapter 14 - On Making Devised Performances with DAH Theatre
Chapter 15 - Previously Blue: Devising the Salvage of Disaster, Resilience and Beauty
This is an excellent, easy to comprehend book that fills a gap in studies on resistance performance groups dedicated to “alternatives to the dominant narrative of denial” and is an invaluable sourcebook for those who choose to investigate how theatre as “a space for collective mourning” has been and can be staged. As such, it is a valuable contribution to the recently enfranchised discipline concerned with creative transformation of conflict.... [I]t is a pioneer in books on theatre that are written with the conviction that “theatre can change the world”.
— Plays International & Europe
This international collection of theoretically and historically grounded analyses and illuminating testimonials by scholars and practitioners comprises the impressive dramaturgical archive of one of the most enduring (East) European alternative theatres today. For more than twenty-five years, the Belgrade-based DAH Theatre has resonated with Eastern as well as Western audiences by highlighting 'postcolonial' conditions fiercely agitated in some post-totalitarian countries, yet obscured in egalitarian societies, such as ethnic and gender inequities, (multi)cultural expressions, and reconciliation with traumatic and divisive histories. DAH's journey outlines a global artistic trade that begins with adopting postmodern practices originating in the West, in particular Eugenio Barba's 'theatre anthropology', creatively advancing them in the volatile post-communist context of former Yugoslavia, and exporting them internationally as a model of new performance aesthetics and socially engaged theatre.
— Vessela Warner, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dennis Barnett has assembled a most informed and engaging sourcebook on DAH Theatre, one of the world’s definitive companies working in social conflict contexts. A work of great breadth that offers a meaningful and enjoying read to the historian, the scholar and the practitioner, while ultimately managing to paint the rich portrait of a living theater and of the people and societal circumstances that breathe life into it. This is a necessary and revelatory book.
— Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, University of San Francisco