The Life and Work of Nature Theater of Oklahoma (2019)
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Edited by Florian Malzacher.
Founded in New York in 2004 by Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška, Nature Theater of Oklahoma is one of the most individual theatre companies of our time. Its unmistakable blend of conceptual clarity, formal rigour and an apparently trashy surface borrows from every theatre tradition and modernist art strategy imaginable. Its oeuvre extends from theatre productions and performances through dance pieces, musicals and audio dramas to literature, graphic novels and films in a wide range of genres.
This first monograph on Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s work offers a lively insight into its broad artistic practice. Essays by critics, theoreticians, fellow artists and participants in the various projects are accompanied by a series of contributions from Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška together with numerous color illustrations and a comprehensive index of works.
With contributions by Elfriede Jelinek, Joris Lacoste, Florian Malzacher, Bonnie Marranca, Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Claus Philipp, Tom Sellar, Karinne Keithley Syers, Pieter T’Jonck.
Guest appearances by Jérôme Bel, Romeo Castellucci, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Liesbeth Gritter, Richard Foreman, William Forsythe, Faustin Linyekula, Rabih Mroué, Meg Stuart, Mette Van der Sijs, Sarah Vanhee.
A co-production by Black Box Teater, Oslo; BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Kaaitheater, Brussels; Kampnagel Hamburg; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt; Matchbox – Culture Office of the Rhein-Neckar Metropolitan Region, Mannheim; Rosendal Teater, Trondheim; Ruhrtriennale 2018–2020, Bochum; Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus; SPIELART Theater Festival, Munich; Zürcher Theater Spektakel.