Mobile Repertoires: Festival, Circulation and Big Data

Portmann, Alexandra (8 June 2017). Mobile Repertoires: Festival, Circulation and Big Data (Unpublished). In: Performance Studies International.

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International festivals are a common phenomenon in global theatre practice. Not only they reveal global trends in terms of aesthetics, but also new ways of production and funding in contemporary theatre. Even though international festivals are crucial for our theatrical landscape, in academic discourses they are examined either as an intercultural meeting ground for various artists, or as specific organisational structure opposed to traditional institutions such as National Theatres. This focus leads to an institutional history of theatre festivals and therefore, neglects festivals as international network of artists, productions and audiences. My main thesis will be that on the basis of (1) circulating productions and (2) material around and/or apart the festival event such as digital media, we can take on a global perspective on the festival circuit and therefore, enforce the writing of a global theatre history. In order to do so, I would like to suggest the concept of mobile repertoire, which includes the circuit of productions, companies and audiences, but also materials such as digital media around these productions. Taking the production "Complete Works" by Forced Entertainment as a starting point, the paper will pose following questions: Does the examination of digital data provide alternative theoretical and historical perspectives on festival culture? How should digital data around these productions be organized as a source for historical research in theatre and performance studies?

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Theater Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Portmann, Alexandra


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Alexandra Portmann

Date Deposited:

07 May 2018 10:41

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07 May 2018 10:41


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