The Joint Research Group THEA | Theatricality and the Real aims at building (paradigmatic, theatrical, political) bridges between artistic practices, artistic research and scientific research in the fields of theatre, performance and theatricality. This transversal approach implies close epistemological and methodological connections with intermediality, ethnography and discourse theory. Both historical and contemporary theatrical practices constitute our object of interest. The central themes of our research group could be described along the following lines: (1) the intertwinement of performative and documentary practices (both historical and contemporary), (2) theatricality, cultural performance and urban reality (Brussels as an icon of postmodern glocalization, cities in so-called ‘failed states’ such as Kinshasa, cultural hybridization in Brazil, etc.), (3) intermedial representations of the tension between theatricality and reality and (4) corporality and interculturalization. THEA is a joint research initiative of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and RITCS | Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (School of Arts of the Erasmus University College Brussels).

For any information on the group or on membership, please contact Klaas Tindemans or Karel Vanhaesebrouck


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