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SEGAL TALKS: Avra Sidiropoulou​ (Greece) and Frank M. Raddatz​ (Germany)- ‘Staging 21st century Tragedies. Theatre, Politics and Global Crisis’

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Dec 15, 2021
Dec 15, 2021
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Join us for a conversation with Avra Sidiropoulou​ (Greece) and Frank M. Raddatz​ (Germany) about Sidiropoulou​’s new book: Staging 21st century Tragedies. Theatre, Politics and Global Crisis.
Part of the Segal Center’s Fall 2021 Book Talk Series.

Moderated by Frank Hentschker, Director, MESTC, The Graduate Center CUNY

Avra Sidiropoulou is Associate Professor of Theatre at the Open University of Cyprus and Artistic Director of Athens-based Persona Theatre Company. She is the author of Directions for Directing. Theatre and Method (Routledge 2018) and Authoring Performance: The Director in Contemporary Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). She has directed, conducted practical workshops and delivered invited lectures internationally and was a Japan Foundation fellow at the University of Tokyo. She is the co-editor of Adapting Greek Tragedy. Contemporary Contexts for Ancient Texts (CUP 2021) and editor of Staging 21st Century Tragedies: Theatre, Politics and Global Crisis (Routledge, 2022). Avra was nominated for the League of Professional Theatre Women 2020 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.

Frank M. Raddatz, is a German publicist and dramaturge at various theaters. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Heiner Müller and published numerous works on aesthetics and drama theory. From 2007 to 2014, he was an editor at »Theater der Zeit«; since then, he has been working for »Lettre International«. He teached at several universities. Currently at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Frank M. Raddatz lives in Berlin, where he founded in 2019 with the Arctic researcher Antje Boetius and the President of the Humbodt – University Sabine Kunst the Theatre of the Antropocene. The Theatre of the Anthropocene is conceived around the fundamental conflict “Man and Nature in the Anthropocene” and, by means of the stage and urban interventions, promotes intensive cooperation and networking between artists, scientists, designers and civil society. The concept is based on Humboldt’s idea that only an intact bond between man and nature, tied together by knowledge and experience, empathy and emotion, can be the basis of a sustainable civilisation.

About Staging 21st Century Tragedies. Theatre, Politics and Global Crisis:

Staging 21st Century Tragedies. Theatre, Politics and Global Crisis examines ways in which the political, ecological and social tragedies of our century are being negotiated on international stages.

The globally reemerging practice of politically engaged art—a “Theatre of Crisis”—represents our century’s equivalent to the genre of classical tragedy.

Using an interdisciplinary perspective, the book discusses participatory, immersive and documentary theatre practices that emerged in the public sphere—creating the theatre of “modern tragedy”. The coexistence of scholarly essays with provocative manifestos, interviews, original works, theatre texts and diaries by theatre artists is meant to provide a multifocal, rich lens for performance analysis and a better understanding of the creative process. This new international collection, to be published by Routledge in 2022, consists of essays, interviews, plays and manifestos by leading academics, artists, writers and curators including Anestis Azas, Taiwo Afolabi, Silvia Bigliazzi, Peter Campbell, Freddy Decreus, Ana Contreras Elvira, Lupe Gehrenbeck, Hanane Hajj Ali, Karen Malpede , Carol Martin, Yana Meerzon, Aldo Milohnic, Ana Fernandez Caparrós, Avra Sidiropoulou, Ogah Mark Onwe, Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah, Frank Raddatz, Miguel Rojo and Javier Hernando, Tadashi Uchino, Su Xiaogang, Daniel Wetzel, Constantina Ziropoulou.

CLICK HERE for a free download of a chapter from Staging 21st century Tragedies. Theatre, Politics and Global Crisis by Avra Sidiropoulou, published by and courtesy by Routledge 2022



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The Segal Theatre Center’s online conversation series SEGAL TALKS was created in March of 2020 after the abrupt closing of the Graduate Center for any kind of public activities due to Corona and the cancellation of the entire spring season. The SEGAL TALKS during The Time of Corona offered conversations on theatre, performance and art during the pandemic featuring with more than 200 theater artists from over 50 countries. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, writers, and academics talked daily during the week for one hour with Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the Time of Corona and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustand— the State of the World. In the summer of 2021 Segal Talks continued to focus on Theatre, Performance and The Political, the Segal Center’s 2023 New York International Festival of the Arts Project and the 2022 Center’s Public Park Project. During the pandemic The Segal Center was for a long period globally the only theatre institution creating new, original, daily content for the global field of theater and performance five days a week. Currently the Center is preparing the 4th edition of the Segal Center’s global Film Festival on Theatre and Performance.

are free, open access, without ads will be live-streamed in English from Wednesday to Friday on HowlRound Theatre Commons and on the Segal Center Facebook. This program is presented in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College. All SEGAL TALKS are archived on HowlRound, and on the Segal Center YouTube Channel.

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Originally founded in 1979 as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center was renamed in March of 1999 to recognize Martin E. Segal, one of New York City’s outstanding leaders of the arts. The Segal Center curates over thirty events throughout the Spring and Fall academic seasons, all free and open to the public. Dedicated to bridging the gap between the professional and academic theatre communities, the Segal Center presents readings, performance, lectures, and artists and academics in conversation. In addition, the Segal Center presents three annual festivals (PRELUDE, PEN World Voices: International Pay Festival, and The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance) and publishes and maintains three open access online journals (Arab Stages, European Stages, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre). The Segal Center also publishes many volumes of plays in translation and is the leading publisher of plays from the Arab world. The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a vital component of the Theatre Program’s academic culture and creating in close collaboration a research nexus, focusing on dramaturgy, new media, and global theatre. The Segal Center provides an intimate platform where both artists and theatre professionals can actively participate with audiences to advance awareness and appreciation. www.TheSegalCenter.org

Executive Director: Frank Hentschker
Associate Producers: Andie Lerner & Tanvi Shah

, of which the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is an integral part, is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. www.gc.cuny.edu.

HowlRound Theatre Commons
at www.HowlRound.com is a free and open platform for theatre makers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. HowlRound envisions a theatre field where resources and power are shared equitably in all directions, contributing to a more just and sustainable world. HowlRound was founded on an organizing principle in the “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. HowlRound is a knowledge commons that encourages freely sharing intellectual and artistic resources and expertise. It is our strong belief that the power of live theatre connects us across difference, puts us in proximity of one another, and strengthens our tether to our commonalities. HowlRound is based at Emerson College, Boston. http://www.howlround.com