Theater en het performatief spectrum : transities in het contemporaine theater van de Lage Landen

H.I.J.W. Havens

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The central question of this research project is: how are contemporary cultural dynamics, characterised by technological, intercultural and globalising developments, manifested in the contemporary theatre and how does the theatre itself contribute to these cultural dynamics?
The research is organised around four case studies about the operation of theatre institutions (companies, venues, theatre education and theatre policy).

Henk Havens is a lecturer at one of the studied theatre institutions, the Maastricht Theatre Academy. The other three institutions are the Flemish theatre company Toneelhuis Antwerp, the Verkadefabriek venue in ’s-Hertogenbosch and the Dutch theatre policy between 1945 and 2015. The study is seen as a contribution to the discourse on post-dramatic theatre (Hans-Thies Lehmann, 1999). Among Havens’ conclusions are that theatre and performance are becoming more intercultural, inter-media and international than Lehman foresaw in 1999, and that of the four case studies, the Dutch government with its theatre policy relates the least organically to the contextual cultural dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Meijer, Maaike, Supervisor
  • Peters, Peter, Co-Supervisor
Award date15 Oct 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • contemporary theatre
  • cultural dynamics
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands


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