What does it mean to be “Like Niobe, /all tears/”?
Professor Freddie Rokem (IFTR, Performance Philosophy, Theatre Research International, Performing History, Chicaho/Tel Aviv)
Respondent: Dr Mischa Twitchin (Goldsmiths)
A special lecture by dramaturg and Univ. of Chicago Weigeland Visiting Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies Freddie Rokem exploring how and in which contexts the tragic figure of Niobe becomes exemplary, a figure worth employing as a model for creating a legacy: for example, in Sophocles’ Antigone, Shakespeare’s Hamlet (by negation) and in the works of Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht.
Dr Mischa Twitchin, lecturer in the Theatre and Performance Dept., Goldsmiths, University of London. His essay- and performance-films can be seen on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/user13124826/videos; and his book The Theatre of Death – the Uncanny in Mimesis is published in Palgrave’s Performance Philosophy series. https://www.gold.ac.uk/theatre-performance/staff/twitchin-dr-mischa/
1.30 2.15 pm Break
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