Book presentation: The Art of Assembly. Political Theatre Today. Florian Malzacher in conversation with Jon Refsdal Moe
Extended program Conversation
Welcome to a book presentation of The Art of Assembly. Political Theatre Today and a conversation with Florian Malzacher and Jon Refsdal Moe on the topic of political theatre.
In his book The Art of Assembly. Political Theatre Today curator and author Florian Malzacher surveys theatre today to demonstrate its political potential in both form and content. Drawing on numerous examples from around the world in performance, visual art, and activist art, he examines works that draw on the particular possibilities of theatre to navigate the space between representation and participation, at once playfully and with sincerity. In a time of wide-ranging crisis, The Art of Assembly is a plea for a strong definition of the political and for a theatre that is not content merely to reflect the world’s ills but instead acts to change them.
The Art of Assembly. Political Theatre Today will be sold during the event.
“A knowledgeable foray through the landscape of political theatre.”
– die tageszeitung (taz)
“A very good overview of current postdramatic events, bringing together a great deal of empirical material.”
– Simon Strauss, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
“Rarely have the pitfalls of representation as the cornerstone of theatre been explained so elegantly.”
- Berliner Zeitung
“A stimulating book that brings you up to date with the latest discursive thinking.”
“A clever, enjoyable and accessible analysis even for the theory-shy. A briefing on the state of the discourse and a declaration of love for theatre.”
- Die Wochenzeitung (WOZ)
Florian Malzacher is a curator, writer and dramaturg, as well as the host of The Art of Assembly, a series of talks about the potential of gathering in art, activism, and politics (since 2021). His current projects include Training for the Future (with Jonas Staal). He was artistic director of Impulse Theater Festival in Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Mülheim an der Ruhr (2013–2017), and co-curator of the multidisciplinary arts festival steirischer herbst in Graz, Austria (2006–2012). He is co-author and co-editor of numerous publications on contemporary theatre, curating performing arts and the relationship between art and politics. His texts have been translated into more than fifteen languages.
The event is in English.