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Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

That Bowls You Over!

Salon about Emotions in the Theater and the Sports Stadium

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography

That Bowls You Over!

Salon about Emotions in the Theater and the Sports Stadium


June 03, 2019, 7:30–9:30 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstr. 55, 10117 Berlin

Tickets for €12 / €8 (reduced) are available via the ticket service of the Komische Oper Berlin.

Opera without emotion is impossible – and so is soccer. Onstage and on the soccer field, bodies are singing, playing, walking, crawling, and dancing – while the audience is sweating, feeling, thinking, swaying, and gripping their seats. What characterizes the bodily experience at the opera? What draws so many people to the sports stadiums? And what do both share with other performances, events, and rituals? How does collective experience work, and what are the commonalities and the differences between the theater and the stadium when it comes to emotions? Since when has the opera been such a dignified setting? Why does the audience sing along in the stadium but not in the opera? And what setting makes for better cheering or crying?

The last salon conversation in the 2018/2019 season features the theater studies scholar Jens Roselt and the sociologist Christian von Scheve. The evening will be moderated by Maximilian Hagemeyer and Sina Dotzert and musically accompanied by singers and artists of the Komische Oper Berlin.

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Christian von Scheve is professor of sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Institute of Sociology, where he heads the Research Group “Sociology of Emotions.” In addition, he is a member of the executive board of the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies – Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds” and a Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. His research focuses on the sociology of emotions, the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of culture, and economic sociology, as well as social psychology.


Jens Roselt is Professor of Theory and Practice of Theatre at the University of Hildesheim. His research focuses on the aesthetics of contemporary theatre, the history and theory of the art of acting and directing, and performance analysis.
Selected Publications: Phänomenologie des Theaters. München 2008; Schauspielen heute. Die Bildung des Menschen in den performativen Künsten, hrsg. zus. mit Christel Weiler, Bielefeld 2011; Regie im Theater. Geschichte-Theorie-Praxis, (Hrsg.), Berlin 2015; Aufführungsanalyse. Eine Einführung, zus. mit Christel Weiler, Tübingen 2017.



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