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Theatrical Fields: Critical Strategies in Performance, Film, and Video

24 Sep 2016, Sat 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Introduction by editors: Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA Founding Director and Anca Rujoiu, NTU CCA Singapore Manager, Publication

Followed by screening of Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, Ulrike Ottinger, Germany 1989, 165mins. Coproduction with Popular-Film GmbH, Leinfelden in cooperation with ZDF, Mainz, and LaSept, Paris.

A limited amount of publications will be available for sale.

NTU CCA Singapore is pleased to launch its very first publication Theatrical Fields Critical Strategies in Performance, Film, and Video. The reader is published by NTU CCA Singapore, König Books, London, and Bildmuseet, Umeå. Edited by Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu with the editorial project under the management of Leah Whitman-Salkin, the publication has been elegantly designed by Sam de Groot.

Based on an exhibition of the same name, Theatrical Fields presents seminal texts and newly commissioned essays that explore theatricality as a critical strategy in performance, film, and video. The reader stages conversations between theatre and visual arts, theoretical discourse and artistic practice juxtaposing artists and theoreticians from different generations and backgrounds who share a communal interest in the theatricality as a methodology to address questions of ideology, gender, power relations.

The reader includes seminal texts from Antonin Artaud, Mikhail Bakhtin, Ute Meta Bauer, Bertolt Brecht, Jacques Derrida, Regis Durand, Josette Féral, Jean-François Lyotard; commissioned essays from Giuliana Bruno, Eva Meyer, Timothy Murray, Katharina Sykora, Marina Warner, documentation of the exhibition Theatrical Fields curated by Ute Meta Bauer with Anca Rujoiu at Bildmuseet, Umea (2013) and itinerated at NTU CCA Singapore (2014) in a different configuration, excerpts of conversations between artists and curators. Artists involved in the project include: Judith Barry, Marcel Dzama, Stan Douglas, Marie-Louise Ekman, Eva Meyer and Eran Schaerf, Isaac Julien, Joan Jonas, Constanze Ruhm, Ulrike Ottinger.

The launch of the reader is accompanied by a screening of the German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger’s Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, This epic adventure film traces a fantastical encounter between two worlds on a Trans-Siberian railway addressing the complexities of cross-cultural encounters. Combining linear and nonlinear narrative, Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia illustrates Ottinger’s appropriation of theatrical strategies in the cinematic, such as eccentric costumes, lush mise-en-scènes, exaggerated acting.


Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia 1989, film still. Courtesy of the artist.

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