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It is hard to stick to New Year’s resolutions. Colleagues like Fabian Lempa  do not make it any easier by inviting me to a workshop he co-organized with Lilian Seuberling  entitled “Zwischen Freiheit und Norm!? Theater in Therapie und Unternehmen.” But I am glad I decided to put aside the resolution not to work on weekends this year and made my way to the Berlin Free University’s Institute of Theatre Studies at 9am on Saturday (February 21). The workshop was organized in the context of the ERC-funded project “The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre,” directed by Prof. Matthias Warstat . I was intrigued by the provocative sets of apparent oppositions: freedom/norm and the use of theater in therapy/business.

The day’s program for the 17 participants was packed full: each of the four invited experts had an hour in which to explain and give us a feeling for their field of work, a panel discussion and world café. We talked through the lunch and coffee breaks, and were definitely ready for a glass of wine (and more conversations) by the evening. The project team will surely share their insights after they have worked through the recording of the day, here I simply provide a brief overview.

Organizers and experts of the workshop

Organizers and experts of the workshop

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Vier Referentinnen (die Mehrzahl weiblich) sitzen an jedem Tisch, vier solche Tische sind im Quadrat im großen Saal aufgestellt. Die Vier vertreten eines von vier Feldern der Kritik – Sozialkritik, Kunstkritik, Kulturkritik und alle Varianten von Kritik, die im Internet verbreitet werden. Die Frage, auf die sie in kurzen Statements reagieren sollen, ist immer die gleiche: Wie verändert sich Ihr Kritikfeld? Was hat das mit den anderen Kritikfeldern zu tun? Ist es gerechtfertigt, von Metamorphosen der Kritik zu sprechen?

 

Metamorphosen: WZB

Photo: Ludmilla Morozowa-Buss

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