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Adaptation in Theatre and Performance

Radical Revival as Adaptation

Theatre, Politics, Society

Authors: Komporaly, Jozefina

  • Includes analysis of a broad range of case studies, including work by Alexandru Tocilescu, Thomas Ostermeier, Silviu Purcărete, and Rimini Protokoll
  • Argues that radical adaptations can carve new and innovative paths in performance practice
  • Considers the broader question of the limits of adaptability in theatre
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This book examines the radical reinterpretation of precursor texts and prompts as an innovative form of adaptation for the stage. In this context, stage adaptations are defined as active and risk-taking interventions on pre-existing sources, dramatic and otherwise, that can range from single-authored plays to collaborative creations and devising projects. Radical adaptations have the potential to constitute a cutting edge pathway of exploration in performance, by virtue of operating at the intersection between experimental practice and multiple creative transpositions and crossovers among genres and media. They offer a viable platform for the negotiation of topical concerns embedded into global cultural, socio-political and historical shifts, thus cultivating a genuine bond between theatre and society. This volume considers a range of case studies, from the work of Alexandru Tocilescu to Rimini Protokoll, and is vital reading for those interested in adaptation studies and forms of contemporary theatre practice.

About the authors

Jozefina Komporaly is an academic and translator. She works on cultural exchanges between European and Anglophone performance traditions, through the lens of adaptation and translation. She is the author of Staging Motherhood (Palgrave, 2006), and edited the anthologies Matéi Visniec: How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays (2015) and András Visky’s Barrack Dramaturgy: Memories of the Body (2017).

Reviews

“This is a sophisticated contribution to the development of varied definitions for the acts of adaptation in theatre and performance, including challenging thoughts about the boundaries of adaptability. Clear-headed, informed and informative, and suitably open to the engaged reader.” (Graham Ley, Professor Emeritus of Drama and Theory, University of Exeter, UK)

“Jozefina Komporaly's Radical Revival and Adaptation: Theatre, Politics, and Society provides a critically coherent and consistently argued frame for understanding and appreciating contemporary theatre examined as a reinvention of the traditional dramatic repertoire and of dramatised versions of other genres. It delivers a profound and innovative rethinking of radical revivals that "complicate and resituate audience engagement". In articulating the complexities of a cutting edge radical revival that recommends the author as a leader in the field, this seminal study furnishes a wonderfully condensed overview that highlights in six chapters the authority of the creator and that of the spectator united in generating and explanding a performance's "plurality and relativity of meanings".” (Professor Ileana Alexandra Orlich, Director, Romanian and Central European Cultural Collaborative, School of International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, USA)

“This is a sophisticated contribution to the development of varied definitions for the acts of adaptation in theatre and performance, including challenging thoughts about the boundaries of adaptability. Clear-headed, informed and informative, and suitably open to the engaged reader.” (Graham Ley, Professor Emeritus of Drama and Theory, University of Exeter, UK)

“Jozefina Komporaly's Radical Revival and Adaptation: Theatre, Politics, and Society provides a critically coherent and consistently argued frame for understanding and appreciating contemporary theatre examined as a reinvention of the traditional

dramatic repertoire and of dramatised versions of other genres. It delivers a profound and innovative rethinking of radical revivals that "complicate and resituate audience engagement". In articulating the complexities of a cutting edge radical revival that recommends the author as a leader in the field, this seminal study furnishes a wonderfully condensed overview that highlights in six chapters the authority of the creator and that of the spectator united in generating and explanding a performance's "plurality and relativity of meanings”.” (Professor Ileana Alexandra Orlich, Director, Romanian and Central European Cultural Collaborative, School of International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, USA)

“This pioneering study surveys an exceptionally broad spectrum of late-twentieth and early twenty-first century theatre and performance practice, unfolding aesthetic, cultural and political aspects of radical revivals of cl

assics as adaptations. Reaching well beyond the Anglophone world for illuminating case studies, this timely monograph celebrates the transnational aspect of cutting edge contemporary theatre adaptations which are artistic achievements in their own right rather than close stage realisations of easily identifiable sources. Drawing on an impressively wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of theatre and performance studies, adaptation discourse and British, North American and ‘Continental European’ theatre practice, Komporaly’s work reminds us of the subversive, revolutionary and transformative power of adaptation.” (Dr Marta Minier, University of South Wales, UK, co-editor of Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Komporaly, Jozefina

    Pages 1-21

  • Adaptive Recontextualisations: Hamlet for the Here and Now, or Reappropriating the Canon

    Komporaly, Jozefina

    Pages 23-56

  • Re-Theatricalising the Canon: Silviu Purcărete’s Faust and Julius Caesar

    Komporaly, Jozefina

    Pages 57-92

  • Adaptation as Experiential Theatre: Immersion and the Dramaturgy of Fragmentation (The Drowned Man, Hotel Medea)

    Komporaly, Jozefina

    Pages 93-126

  • Adaptation as Remediation and Collaborative Practice (Elevator Repair Service, Frantic Assembly)

    Komporaly, Jozefina

    Pages 127-159

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-48102-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-48101-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Radical Revival as Adaptation
Book Subtitle
Theatre, Politics, Society
Authors
Series Title
Adaptation in Theatre and Performance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48102-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48102-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48101-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 267
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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