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In: KulturPoetik 2019, Issue 1


Johannes Birgfeld


Blutrausch und Suggestion rhythmischer Gewalten, method writing und Fragerausch. Rausch als Gegenstand und dramatisches Verfahren im Theater




The following paper aims to investigate the roles forms of inebriation have played and continue to play in European theatre. Starting with Euripides’ The Bacchae (405 BC), the only Greek tragedy focussing on Dionysus, his cult, and thus on the Dionysian origins and the possibility that forms of inebriation make up a vital part of the essence of theatre, concepts by theatre reformist Georg Fuchs from the early 20th century as well as the importance on inebriation for the works of current theatre makes Albert Ostermaier and Falk Richter are examined.
It suggests, that while intoxication in Western societies is widely suppressed by the dominance of an epistemic regime demanding self tuning, emotional control, and economization of every aspect of life, in the works of Fuchs, Ostermaier, and Richter, inebriation proves an essential part of modern theatre in quite different ways.