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Saturday March 16 | Session 10:30 - 12:15 (20 min) University Theatre Building | University Theatre
People are walking the street, doing strange things, theatre audience is discussing on greenhouse gas reductions of countries they do not know that they exist - these are just two examples of what modern theatre goers are doing. From the „Discovery of the Spectator“ (Fischer-Lichte, 1991) to the „Emancipated Spectator“ (Rancière, 2009) a lot has changed in the possibilities how theatre is addressing its audience.

Productions in urban space and the progression of digital cultures not only in the daily life but also in all fields of the performing arts led to new paradigms in the way shows are experienced and analyzed. The use of space and dramaturgy and the question of how the spectators are included in the performativity of the theatre event in some contemporary theatre productions changed not only the way of how theatre is produced but obviously has a great impact on the experience itself.

Within this change there exists also a major shift of the concept of dramaturgy: From an architecture of a textual structure to an enhancement of the work in the field of theatre to mode of being a spectator. Does the audience then lose its critical distance to the piece of work it is looking at? How could “providing an experience” not only be an unpolitical event but produce new perspectives?

This paper aims to look at that change of concept and its change of loci as a symptom for many aesthetic phenomena and a reorder of the “aesthetic regimes” (Rancière). With the help of some examples of the most recent productions of Rimini Protokoll it will rethink the concept of dramaturgy and reconstruct a different way of how it is produced. With a special focus on the immersivity of these productions it will discuss the pro and cons of formats that asks for co-producing spectators.

Imanuel Schipper is a lecturer and researcher at different universities and art academies in Germany and Switzerland. He also works as a dramaturg for the well-known German Performance group, Rimini Protokoll with whom, over many years, he has developed a contemporary way of documentary theatre as intervention, as political think tanks. Most recently he has been the dramaturg for „ State 1-4“ a tetralogy on postdemocratic phenomenas, commissioned by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and four major theatres in Germany and Switzerland.
Imanuel Schipper works on the interface between scientific research, teaching, and artistic practice. He works to analyse such terms as “theatricality“, “performativity“, “dramaturgy“, “staging“, “reception“ and “mediality“ – coming from the theatre studies – beyond the boundaries of the theatre, for example in design, urban design, scenography and curation.
He holds a deputy professorship on Performance Studies and Dramaturgy at the Departement Arts & Social Change at the Medical School Hamburg (MSH) and is finishing his PhD on „Relational Dramaturgies" at Leuphana University Lüneburg. 
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