CIDRAL Public Lecture: Professor Freddie Rokem: Before the Stage: Staging Kafka's Words
|Starts:||16:00 14 Feb 2017|
|Ends:||18:00 14 Feb 2017|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public|
This event is part of CIDRAL's Spring 2017 programme 'Precarity'.
Co-Organised by CIDRAL, LIS, Drama, German Studies and the Centre for Jewish Studies
Freddie Rokem (Professor in the Department of Theatre, Tel Aviv University) will deliver a public lecture entitled Before the Stage: Staging Kafka's Words.
Walter Benjamin's interpretation of Franz Kafka's work, published on the tenth anniversary of Kafka's death in 1934, is in part based on Benjamin's understanding of Brecht's ideas and practices of the theatre. And in reverse, in his answer to the question "What is Epic Theatre?" published five years later, Benjamin introduces the interruption which is more Kafkaesque than Brechtian. My presentation will explore what this strange interaction between Kafka and Brecht as mediated through the texts of Benjamin means; and how it has
influenced two Israeli productions based on Kafka's texts.
Professor Rokem will be joined by Walter Meierjohann and Kathryn Hunter,the director and actor behind the successful play Kafka’s Monkey which was performed at HOME last year.
Travel and Contact Information
John Casken Lecture Theatre
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama