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Théâtres du XXIe siècle: commencements

Théâtres du XXIe siècle: commencements

Julie Sermon
Jean-Pierre Ryngaert


On the turning of its two centuries (1990-2010), the tranformative movements in theatrical practices seem to have enough momentum for new strong lines to be drawn and lasting changes to be introduced in the ways of writting, saying and doing theatre.


In this two-voiced text, Jean-Pierre Ryngaert analyses the main mutations which have left a mark on the “writing factories” and the “ways of telling” stories. Julie Sermon, in a chapter named “Le vivant et la technique” (The living and the technique), examines renovations in the forms of play, narration and representation, in connection with the discourses that authors and practitioners set with the languages and instruments specific to their technological environment.


The common starting point proposes multiple entryways to the reader in order to insert and question the landmarks of a theatrical reality which is considerably diverse.

Armand Colin Éditeur


Julie Sermon

Julie Sermon is a professor of History and Aesthetics of Contemporary Theatre (Université Lyon 2) and co-director of the Laboratoire Passages XX-XXI (EA 4160). Her works focus on the phenomena of renewal, mutation, and de-centring — symbolic, practical, and theoretical — with which contemporary performing arts and their creative processes can be involved. Since 2017, she has been devoting her research to the relationships and dialogues that the performing arts create with ecology.


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Jean-Pierre Ryngaert

Jean-Pierre Ryngaert is a Theatre Studies professor at Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, where he currently works as the director of the Institut d’ Etudes Théatrales. He taught at Carleton University (in Ottawa, Canada), as well as at the Universities of Caen and Nantes. He was a guest professor at the Universities of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and San Diego (United States).


An occasional stage director, he is particularly interested in the relation between Theatre and Education. He was a collaborator on the launching of the “Highschool Theatre” courses, has founded and directed the Théâtre Universitaire de Nantes, and was responsible for educational internships. Ryngaert has published “Le jeu dramatique” and “Jouer”, “Représenter”, as well as countless articles. More recently, he has been writing about the relation between text and theatre in books as such “Introduction à l’analyse du theatre”, “Lire En attendant Godot”, and “Lire le théâtre contemporain”, published by Éditions Dunod. He has also published, with Joseph Danan, “Eléments pour une histoire du texte de theatre” (Dunod, April 1997). He is a commission member of “Théatre”, from the Centre National du Livre.


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