The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre
The project funded by the European Research Council systematically explores the field of current forms of applied theatre, which set in motion constructive social processes while upholding theatre’s aesthetic claim. Theatre with clear social, political, or economic aims is experiencing an unprecedented boom. The study analyses this cross-cultural trend against the background of new theories of the aesthetics of performances and rehearsal processes. In four sub-projects – Theatre in Education, Theatre in Conflict Zones, Theatre as Therapy, and Corporate Theatre –, it aims to show how aesthetic, political, and ethical aspects interact in the practice of applied theatre.