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Narrating an unsettled past : Berlin's Jerusalem [Holocene # 1.2]

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Ernst, Wolf-Dieter:
Narrating an unsettled past : Berlin's Jerusalem [Holocene # 1.2].
In: de Morant, Alix ; Finter, Helga ; Holling, Eva ; Plassard, Didier ; Siebert, Bernhard ; Siegmund, Gerald (ed.): Narrativity and Intermediality in Contemporary Theatre. - Bern : Lang , 2021 . - pp. 365-382 . - (Theaomai : Studien zu den performativen Künsten ; 11 )
ISBN 978-3-0343-3964-3

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This article is looking at modalities of the intermedial-performance Jerusalem [Holocene # 1.2] by the Belgian group Berlin. Partly a staged concert, partly a multi-screen installation of a city’s documentary the performance's topic emerges as the unsettled conflict between Israel and Palastine. Interestingly, the performance deconstructs its own documentary status, as well as it’s own narrative set-up and in doing so, it questions a conventional understanding of the past represented or related to histories and narrations (Jenkins/Taylor).
In a deconstructivist reading, intermedial storytelling in Berlin’s work evokes the productiveness of the past’s absence. Moments of silence, the interplay of a documentary style and a warm concert-like atmosphere established by Peter Van Fairhaven’s composition for Jewish-Arabian traditional instruments open up a space for reflection about the unsettled past. Systematically, this leads us towards the question, how intermediality in performance, quite in contrast to the concept of ‘remediation’ (Bolter/Grusin), supersedes and resists coherent narratives of history.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intermediality; Narrativity; Performance
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professor Theatre and Media Studies > Professor Theatre and Media Studies - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Ernst
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation > 700 Arts
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2021 08:56
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 08:56
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/44331