Culture of Fear: Uncomfortable Transactions Between Performance and Terrorism

By Markus Wessendorf.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper analyzes how theatre and performance can deconstruct terrorism without contributing to the current climate of fear caused by the globalization of (insurgency/state/counter-) terrorist violence.

Keywords: Belbel, Sergi, Forced Entertainment, Media, 9/11, Performance, Performativity, Spectacle, Terrorism, Theatre, Theatricality

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.217-228. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 744.894KB).

Dr Markus Wessendorf

I received my PhD in 1996 from the Department of Applied Theatre Studies at Justus-Liebig University Giessen (German) for a dissertation on Richard Foreman's Ontological Hysteric Theatre. My primary area of specialization is in experimental and avant-garde theatre. Apart from several essays and a monograph on Richard Foreman, I have published articles about Bertolt Brecht, Richard Maxwell, Norman Price, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Edward Sakamoto, The Wooster Group, Ron Athey, the choreographer William Forsythe, and various German performance artists. From 1992 to 1997 I was assistant professor at the Department of Applied Theatre Studies at Giessen. In 1998 I was a guest scholar at the University of Queensland/ Brisbane, where I worked on a DAAD-funded post-doc project on "cultural transactions between Asian theatre and contemporary Australian performance." From 1999 to 2001 I taught theatre as an adjunct professor at various drama departments in New York City (NYU, Queens College, Marymount Manhattan College). I have also worked as a theatre director internationally. In 1989 I directed the American premiere of Heiner Müller's "Germania Death In Berlin" at ABC No Rio/New York. In September 1998 I staged "Barking Dogs" by Australian playwright Norman Price for Brisbane's Metro Arts Theatre. I also presented Cynthia Farar's "Curdom" at the New York International Fringe Festival 2000. My production of Friedrich Schiller's "The Robbers" was performed at Honolulu's Kennedy Theatre in April/May 2003.

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