• Episode 4 - Viral Theatre Podcast

    Episode 4: An edited version of the final roundtable discussion on „Post-COVID-19 Art Worlds: New Challenges“ with Lucy Askew, Anna Burzynska, Josh Edelman, and Cornelius Puschke, chaired by Eckart Voigts.

    E4 - 1h 13m - May 17, 2022
  • Episode 3 - Viral Theatre Podcast

    Episode 3: Jane Macnaughton presents her paper on „The Past, Present and Future of COVID-19: The Role of Medical Humanities“

    E3 - 30m - Apr 26, 2022
  • Episode 2 - Viral Theatre Podcast

    Episode 2: Sarah Bay-Cheng presents her paper on „Theatre Without Theatre: Performance Transmission as Translation“. In her talk, she introduces the concept of translation to describe the adaptation of theatre for the digital medium and highlights the essential but often neglected work of the ’translator’ in digital performance. While digitalisation might be essential for theatre’s future, the translation of digital theatre is also characterised by what she referred to as “monstrous loss”: it highlights its own gaps and failures and what ‘gets lost in translation’ but also shows what labour and technology is needed to make it possible. Citing Erika Fischer-Lichte’s blatant rejection of digital theatre, Sarah Bay-Cheng‘s talk also asks two key questions for any study of viral theatre: “What is the relevance of liveness?” and “What are alternative ways and spaces in which liveness can be created?“

    43m - Apr 5, 2022
  • Episode 1 - Viral Theatre Podcast

    Episode 1: Heidi Liedke and Monika Pietrzak-Franger provide an introduction to the key concepts of viral theatre and talk about theatrical liveness and communality in times of social distancing.


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    Liedke, Heidi and Monika Pietrzak-Franger. „Viral Theatre: Preliminary Thoughts on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Online Theatre.“ JCDE 9.1 (2021): 128-144.

    Liedke, Heidi. Review of Antony and Cleopatra (NT At Home). Shakespeare Bulletin 39.1 (2021): 151-155.

    Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel. „Liveness: Phelan, Auslander, and After.“ Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 29.2 (2015): 69-79.

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    van Es, Karin. „Liveness Redux: On Media and Their Claim to Be Live.“ Media, Culture & Society 39.8 (2017): 1245-1256.

    E1 - 31m - Mar 14, 2022
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