Ultraworlds. Radical Languages of Form in the Productions of Susanne Kennedy, Lucia Bihler, and Florentina Holzinger (2021-)
In her research project, Hannah Schünemann looks at the works of the directors Susanne Kennedy and Lucia Bihler, as well as of the choreographer Florentina Holzinger, to examine a young generation of artists who paradigmatically stand for a formal change in the performing arts since the 2010s, breaking away from the aesthetics of the preceding decades and the status quo of post-dramatic theatre. The focus of the analysis is on the formal composition of the productions, their bodily, technical, material and media components, and their interaction. Gesture forms the theoretical foundation for considering and describing performative bodies on stage. Proceeding from Judith Butler's definition, the project follows a partial cross-section through the theoretical history of gesture to Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, and works out possible correspondences and contradictions to the formal languages of the 21st century.