Dienstag, 13. Dezember 2016, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

Musicalised Dramaturgies

Ancient Tragedy, Performance, and the Poetics of Aristotle

Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, Jura Syofer - Saal
Hofburg, Batthyanystiege, 1010 Wien


One key issue when dealing with theatrical texts is the relationship between literature and performance, a relationship that is often marred by confusion when analysis is limited to literary critiques which essentialise the texts’ literary potential. Theatrical texts may have literary relevance, however, ignoring the basic fact that these texts were created to be performed impacts directly on the ontology of performance events and on our understanding of what these events represent in terms of performance criticism. The lecture will address the poetics of theatre dramaturgies, understood as processes of performance, by focusing on ancient Greek tragedy – a performance phenomenon which developed within a Mediterranean oral culture where ‘texts’ were performed before they were scripted. The theatrical text will be approached in terms of musicality articulated as a critical tool aimed at not limiting these texts to the realm of literature. As such, musicality will be used to reconsider the notion of dramaturgy.


Dr. Mario Frendo

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

Director of the Centre for Research in Culture and Performance Studies

within the School of Performing Arts at the University of Malta




Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft


Anke Charton