double #39




In this issue of double we approach the depictions of violence in puppet theatre shows from two perspectives: On the one hand, we asked theatre professionals why they use depictions of violence and what aesthetic strategies they pursue in doing so. On the other hand, we were interested in the receptive aesthetic perspective: why do people watch violence, and even take pleasure in doing so at times? Where does the aesthetic pleasure emerge? And why is violence against material objects often felt much more intensively by the audience than in a show featuring human bodies? The positions collected range from artists who work with traditional forms of “Kasper” shows, or who translate the drastic elements of Grand Guignol Theatre into splatter aesthetics, to monstrous encirclements and the highest possible stylisation, all the way to performative reactions to everyday violence in Israel. They are complemented by two essays: the theatre scholar André Studt approaches the theme of „playing violence“ in a mental context, and the cultural scientist Sebastian Köthe analyses the constituent nature of spectators in real violent scenarios in Guantánamo Bay.

CONTENTS double 39

EDITORIALTHEME: Playing Violence

  • Andre Studt
    Between Fiction and Reality.
    Cautious Considerations on Scenic Dealings with Violence
  • Distance, Abstraction, Vulnerability.
    Leonhard Schubert on the representation and representability of violence
  • Franziska Burger
    Kasperli in a blood frenzy. The Splatterlitheater from Lucerne
  • “The Monster is a Revealer.”
    A conversation with the French puppeteer Violaine Fimbel
  • Sebastian Kothe
    “Play to the Camera.” Constellations of violence and the audience in the global war on terror
  • Christina Rofer
    Balancing Act.
    “23 thoughts about conflict” by Worst Case Scenario
  • Killing Death.
    The puppeteer Lutz Grosmann in conversation


  • Anke Meyer
    Materia Magica LT. A multifaceted showcase of Lithuanian puppet theatre
  • Psyche and Silicone.
    An interview on the work of the Psilicone Theatre
  • Sabine Leucht
    From Feelings to Images.
    “Stone Water Sting“ by the Theatre of Senses. A field report


  • Tom Mustroph
    Tarzans and Janes in the funding jungle.
    The dimensions and deficits of production support
  • Julia Opitz
    Negotiating society.
    The Nuremberg Papiertheater invited children from all over the world to the “Children‘s Summit“


  • Katja Kollmann
    On the Tenderness of Forgotten Puppets.
    The international festival Theater der Dinge at Schaubude Berlin


  • Almut Wedekind
    “A Succession of Pleasant Disturbing Attacks.“
    25 years of Unidram in Potsdam


  • Harald Bluhm
    (Post-)Heroic Society.
    “Save the pedestals!“ at the Puppentheater Halle


  • Annika Gloystein
    Being human – a question of the right technology?
    Rimini Protokoll and Thomas Melle explore the “Uncanny Valley“


  • Meike Wagner
    Revealing the layers of one‘s own art.
    The “Wunder.Kammer“ exhibition in the Munich City Museum


  • Mareike Gaubitz
    Dancing with one another.
    Impressions from the symposium “Things that dance“ in Karlsruhe


  • Annette Dabs
    An epoch comes to an end.
    Margareta Niculescu (1926–2018)