Ed Scheer, Head of School at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design, explores Jacques Derrida's concept of deconstruction in relation to theatre and performance. Scheer considers how Derrida's theory, which examines the relationship between text and meaning, language and speech, has impacted the works of dance choreographer Jérôme Bel and experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment.
Scholar Ben Fowler and designer Alex Eales discuss Eales’ collaborations with Katie Mitchell, including his work on Cleansed, Happy Days and Night Train. Eales gives insight into the process of working on a production, including the designer’s role in working with a text and the detailed naturalism of his set and lighting design.
Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga explore the ethics and aesthetics within Katie Mitchell’s oeuvre. Solga considers the inherent feminist politics of Mitchell’s work, and Rebellato places it within the historical context of naturalism, leading to a detailed discussion of Sarah Kane’s radical naturalism and Mitchell’s production of Cleansed.
Historiography is the study, not only of the historical record, but the process of writing history. Theatre historiography studies how histories of the theatre are constructed and also generates new histories. When we speak of “histories of the theatre,” we refer to the histories of performance practice as well as the body of plays, criticism, theory, dramaturgical writings, and other fragments that survive in archives or record books.