Through specific examples, case studies and essays by specialist writers, academics, and a new generation of theatre researchers, this collection of specially commissioned essays looks at current theatre practices across Europe.

From Théatre du Soleil to Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, the authors reconsider the possibilities of theatre practice, its relation to history and location and its place in Europe at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Contemporary Theatres in Europe examines a wide range of topics including:

  • mainstream European theatre
  • experimental performance
  • music theatre
  • theatre for children
  • dance theatre.

Tailor-made for students, offering clear examples of different ways of thinking and writing about performance, this is a richly detailed introduction which brings key themes to life for all students of European theatre.

Preface  Introduction  1. Human Stuff: Presence, Proximity and Pretend  2. Investigating the Entrails: Post-Operatic Music Theatre in Europe  3. Encountering Memory: Acco Theater Center’s Arbeit macht frei MiToitland Europa  4. On the Border as Theatrical Space: Appearance, Dis-location and the Production of the Refugee  5. Foreign Bodies: Performing Physical and Psychological Harm at the Mladi Levi Festical, August 2003  6. Dying Bodies, Living Corpses: Transition, Nationalism and Resistance in Croatian Theatre  7. Desire Amongst the Dodgems: Alain Platel and the Scene of Seduction  8. ‘Constitutive Ambiguities’: Writing Porfessional or Expert Performance Practices, and the Théâtre du Soleil, Paris  9. Marshfield Mummers: The Old Time Paper Boys  10. The Gift of Play: Ubung and the Secret Signal of Gesture  11. Authority, Empowerment and Fairy Tales: Theatre for Young People  12. Make Believe: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio Do Theatre  13. After the Fall: Dance-Theatre and Dance-Performance  14. What State Am I In? Or, How to be a Spectator