Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography
June 03, 2019, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Tickets for €12 / €8 (reduced) are available via the ticket service of the Komische Oper Berlin.
Opera without the body is impossible – and so is soccer. Onstage and on the soccer field, fit 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 Erika Fischer-Lichte 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.
Erika Fischer-Lichte is professor of theater studies at Freie Universität Berlin and director of the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures.” Her research fields include the aesthetics and theory of the theater, European theater history, theater and society. She is a member of various science academies and has taught as visiting professor in the United States, Russia, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Brazil, and other places. Her latest monograph is Tragedy’s Endurance: Performances of Greek Tragedies and Cultural Identity in Germany since 1800 (2017).Close
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.Close
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