Circus and the Avant-Gardes

Symposium, EXC 2020 Temporal Communities

Altensteinstraße 15, Room 003b 14195 Berlin

05.03.2020 bis 06.03.2020

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The performance practice of the circus in the early 20th century was formative for the avant-gardes. This symposium brings together researchers exploring this theme from various perspectives and different fields within the humanities. The aim is to examine how the aesthetics of circus arts affected and competed with the theatre of the Russian and Western avant-gardes, and to what extent the circus served as an inspiration for multimedia avant-garde productions, for example in film. In what ways did the aesthetics of the circus and related stage genres (such as vaudeville, variety, music hall, etc.) affect the body concepts and writing styles of avant-garde artists? How did stage concepts and technologies of the circus inscribe themselves into the works of the avant-gardes? How can the interplay between the performance practices of the circus and the theatre of the avant-gardes be defined?


The symposium is dedicated to the competing creative forces that demanded and designed the „theatricalization of the circus“ and the „circensation of the theatre“ (Bulgakova) around and after 1900.


We kindly ask you to register for the event via mail to: asjuergens@nullzedat.fu-berlin.de