Dramaturgy in the Making

Katalin Trencsényi

DOI: 10.5040/9781408166475

ISBN: 9781408155653

Dramaturgy in the Making maps contemporary dramaturgical practices in various settings of theatre-making and dance to reveal the different ways that dramaturgs work today. It provides a thorough survey of three major areas of practice - institutional dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and dance dramaturgy - with each illustrated through a range of case studies that illuminate methodology and which will assist practitioners in developing their own 'dramaturgical toolbox'.

In tracing the development of the role of the dramaturg, the author explores the contribution of Lessing, Brecht and Tynan, foundational figures who shaped the practice. She excavates the historical and theoretical contexts for each strand of the work, uniquely offering a history of dance dramaturgy and its associated theories.

Based on extensive research, the volume features material from the author's interviews with fifty eminent professionals from Europe and North America, including: Robert Blacker, Jack Bradley, DD Kugler, Ruth Little and Hildegard De Vuyst. Through these, a detailed and precise insight is provided into dramaturgical processes at organisations such as the Akram Khan Company, les ballets C de la B (Gent), the National Theatre and the Royal Court (London), the Schaubühne (Berlin) and The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab (Utah), among others.

Dramaturgy in the Making will prove indispensable to anyone working in theatre or wanting to better understand the dramaturgical processes in performance-making today. The book features a foreword by Geoff Proehl, author of Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility: Landscape and Journey.

One of the book's strengths is that while it tells a story about the creative process from the dramaturg's point of view, it also offers rare and detailed insight into the dramaturgy of creative rehearsal processes. The book is, therefore, also relevant to anyone who is interested in learning more about theatre, performance-making and creative working processes ... The detailed case studies alone make Dramaturgy in the Making a useful and interesting addition to the growing literature on dramaturgy. Studies in Theatre and Performance

Katalin Trencsényi's Dramaturgy in the Making is a welcome, wide-ranging discussion of dramaturgy, featuring historical overviews, geographic diversity, and contemporary case studies in both theatre and dance. It is refreshing and informative to have so many developmental processes described in detail and to hear the varying points of view about dramaturgy from core collaborators within the process. DD Kugler, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Dramaturgy in the Making ... signals a generational shift. It assumes that for many answering the founding question – “What is dramaturgy?” – is no longer the central challenge for the field. It addresses instead a new and, for many of us, most welcome focus: exploring the rich range of practices found in the lives of individuals who have again and again demonstrated in their work as theatre artists why dramaturgy matters. Geoff Proehl, University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, USA