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Sauter, Willmar
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Sauter, W. & Reinelt, J. (2022). Remembering Thomas Postlewait 1941-2021. Theatre research international, 47(2), 195-199
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Remembering Thomas Postlewait 1941-2021
2022 (English)In: Theatre research international, ISSN 0307-8833, E-ISSN 1474-0672, Vol. 47, no 2, p. 195-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-207867 (URN)10.1017/S0307883322000086 (DOI)000814087900009 ()
Available from: 2022-08-15 Created: 2022-08-15 Last updated: 2022-08-15Bibliographically approved
Sauter, W. (2021). Aesthetics of Presence: Philosophical and Practical Reconsiderations. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aesthetics of Presence: Philosophical and Practical Reconsiderations
2021 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the field of aesthetic experiences, presence must be seen as mental activities such as attention, curiosity, and participation. The mere physical ‘being-there’ guarantees no aesthetic responses to artistic or natural appearances. When aesthetics became part of the discourse in eighteenth-century Enlightenments philosophy, the beholder was the centre of interest: how observations turned into aesthetic experiences. In this book, the spectator, reader, listener and viewer have again become the focus of scholarly attention, replacing the century-long dominance of the artwork as exclusive object of aesthetics.

 

In the light of such historical observations, the book develops central aspects of an aesthetics of presence, and introduces, interfoliated with cases of aesthetic experiences in arts and theatre, cities and nature, new parameters of presence. Perceiving, playing, placing and performing are explored and systematised here as theoretical cornerstones of a renewed ‘Aesthetics of Presence’.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021. p. 206
Keywords
Aesthetics, Eighteenth Century, Rhomb Model, Four situations
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Theatre Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-188444 (URN)978-1-5275-6206-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-01-09 Created: 2021-01-09 Last updated: 2022-02-25Bibliographically approved
Sauter, W. (2020). Cleopatra - between Historical and Movie Scandals. In: Vicki Anne Cremona, Peter Eversmann, Bess Rowen, Anneli Saro, Henri Schoenmakers (Ed.), Theatre Scandals: Social Dynamics of Turbulent Theatrical Events (pp. 239-257). Leiden, Boston: Brill Rodopi
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cleopatra - between Historical and Movie Scandals
2020 (English)In: Theatre Scandals: Social Dynamics of Turbulent Theatrical Events / [ed] Vicki Anne Cremona, Peter Eversmann, Bess Rowen, Anneli Saro, Henri Schoenmakers, Leiden, Boston: Brill Rodopi , 2020, p. 239-257Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cleopatra is one of the notable women in history who has not been erased from history books, but she has been scandalized from the very beginning, or rather: from the last day of her life. The myth of her suicide by means of poisonous snakes has prevailed throughout the centuries and has inspired innumerable novels, plays, operas and operettas as well as films from the time of silent movies onward and there are always these snakes at the end.

In this chapter the history of Cleopatra is presented backwards in time. It begins with the grand movie Cleopatra from 1963 with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the leading roles. The production of this exceptionally expensive film turned out to be more scandalous than the spectacular picture on the screen. But the snakes were there despite the fact that there were no such poisonous vipers in Egypt at the time.

These snakes are also a prominent feature in Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra from 1606. After numerous intrigues and warfare during the first three acts, the remaining acts deal with the death of Marc Antony and the suicide of Cleopatra and her maids. Shakespeare’s Cleopatra appears quite unsympathetic and seems to deserve her untimely death. The dialogue follows closely Plutarch’s biography of Marc Antony, so the next section deals with his story of the Roman general.

Plutarch wrote his biography approximately 130 years after the death of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. His portrait of the Egyptian Queen is full of respect for this knowledgeable and attractive woman, who spoke nine languages and was an outstanding partner in conversations as well as in negotiations with the Roman Empire. Her love affairs with Caesar, with whom she had a son, and Marc Antony, to whom she bore three children, are described from a personal as well as from a political perspective. Plutarch knows of the rumour that Cleopatra was killed by snakes, but he has serious doubts about the truth of such gossip.

The last section presents the sources that today’s historians have collected about the ‘real’ Cleopatra, who died in the year 30 BC. She is portrayed as the successful Queen of Egypt who fell victim to the internal power struggle between competing Roman leaders. The snakes and Cleopatra’s suicide remain a politically staged, scandalous lie. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden, Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2020
Series
Themes in Theatre, ISSN 1871-8736 ; 10
Keywords
Cleopatra, Plutarch, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Taylor
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified History of Ideas
Research subject
Theatre Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-188443 (URN)10.1163/9789004433984_014 (DOI)978-90-04-43325-0 (ISBN)978-90-04-43398-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-01-09 Created: 2021-01-09 Last updated: 2022-02-25Bibliographically approved
Sauter, W. (2020). Hiking Beyond Roads and Internet: Weather, Landscapes and Performance North of the Arctic Circle. In: Carolyn Philpott, Elizabeth Lane, Matt Delbridge (Ed.), Performing Ice: (pp. 213-229). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hiking Beyond Roads and Internet: Weather, Landscapes and Performance North of the Arctic Circle
2020 (English)In: Performing Ice / [ed] Carolyn Philpott, Elizabeth Lane, Matt Delbridge, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, p. 213-229Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter describes primarily a hiking tour in Lapland, Sweden. The hikers’ experiences emanate from their own movements that are intensively related to the varying views of the mountains and the quick changes of the weather. This tripartite relation between human movements, landscapes and climatic contrasts provides endless variations of beauty, in the sense in which the term was used by eighteenth-century philosophers. The experience of landscapes is understood as a performative activity that communicates on sensory, aesthetic and symbolic levels. Reflections about the power of the Ice Age in creating geological formations are interfoliated with observations of the plants and animals which survive under these extreme conditions. Meetings with Sámi people, their way of life, their handling of reindeer and their long discrimination by Swedish authorities complete the experiences of the four hikers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
Series
Performing Landscapes (PELA)
Keywords
Performing landscape, Aesthetic experience, Sámi people, Hiking, Changing weather
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Theatre Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-188442 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-47388-4 (DOI)978-3-030-47387-7 (ISBN)978-3-030-47388-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Performing landscape
Available from: 2021-01-09 Created: 2021-01-09 Last updated: 2022-02-25Bibliographically approved
Sauter, W. (2019). Perioder och protagonister: Sekelskiftet 1900 i nyare forskning. In: Rikard Hoogland (Ed.), I avantgardets skugga: Brytpunkt och kontinuitet i svensk teater kring 1900 (pp. 15-46). Göteborg: Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet (LIR)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perioder och protagonister: Sekelskiftet 1900 i nyare forskning
2019 (Swedish)In: I avantgardets skugga: Brytpunkt och kontinuitet i svensk teater kring 1900 / [ed] Rikard Hoogland, Göteborg: Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet (LIR) , 2019, p. 15-46Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Granskning av tre svenska teaterhistoriska verks presentation av teatern kring sekelskiftet 1900.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet (LIR), 2019
Series
LIR.skrifter ; 8
Keywords
teaterhistoria, historiografi, modernism, Sverige
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Theatre Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-192870 (URN)978-91-88348-92-0 (ISBN)
Projects
Brytpunkter och kontinuitet
Available from: 2021-05-01 Created: 2021-05-01 Last updated: 2022-02-25Bibliographically approved
Sauter, W. (2017). A theatrophobic dramatist: J.-J. Rousseau's position in theatre historiography and on today's stage. In: Maria Gullstam, Michael O'Dea (Ed.), Rousseau on stage: Playwrite, musician, spectator (pp. 227-254). Oxford: Voltaire Foundation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A theatrophobic dramatist: J.-J. Rousseau's position in theatre historiography and on today's stage
2017 (English)In: Rousseau on stage: Playwrite, musician, spectator / [ed] Maria Gullstam, Michael O'Dea, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2017, p. 227-254Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2017
Series
Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, ISSN 0435-2866 ; 2017:09
Keywords
Rousseau, Lettre à d'Alembert, historiography, Pygmalion, theatre, theatre history
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Theatre Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154306 (URN)978-0-7294-1199-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-23 Created: 2018-03-23 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Sauter, W. (2017). Deconstructing Turning Points A postscript on the canonization of the avant-garde 1900. Nordic Theatre Studies, 29(1), 162-180
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Deconstructing Turning Points A postscript on the canonization of the avant-garde 1900
2017 (English)In: Nordic Theatre Studies, ISSN 0904-6380, E-ISSN 2002-3898, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 162-180Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Deconstructing Turning Points is an attempt to understand why and how the period around the turn of the nineteenth century has been described as a breakthrough of modern theatre. Texts by Gösta M. Bergman, Christopher Innes and Erika Fischer-Lichte about this period are examined in order to see how these authors construct periodization. Leaning towards Thomas Postlewait's concept of periods and Jacques Derrida's deconstructive approach to discourse, the article points out some paradigmatic assumptions in the discussed texts. The three authors are not compared - writing in different languages and for different purposes - but some of the underlying paradigms become visible, namely their relation to historical development and their view of theatre as the work of the director. As an alternative, the article turns to archival possibilities. New concepts of what an archive is and can do, as Derrida sees them, open up for a living and challenging relation to archival sources, not just as evidence of prefabricated hypotheses, but as inspiring traces of the past.

Keywords
Historiography, periodization, modernism, avant-garde, development, archive, sources, Postlewait, Derrida
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152682 (URN)10.7146/nts.v29i1.103315 (DOI)000419271600011 ()
Available from: 2018-02-21 Created: 2018-02-21 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Hammergren, L. & Sauter, W. (2017). Turning Points and Continuity: Introducing a research project. Nordic Theatre Studies, 29(1), 6-7
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Turning Points and Continuity: Introducing a research project
2017 (English)In: Nordic Theatre Studies, ISSN 0904-6380, E-ISSN 2002-3898, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 6-7Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Theatre Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-184011 (URN)10.7146/nts.v29i1.103304 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 1284803
Available from: 2020-08-12 Created: 2020-08-12 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Ekenberg, L., Forsberg, R. & Sauter, W. (2016). Antigone’s Diary – A Model for Democratic Decision Making in Suburban Stockholm. Contemporary theatre review (Hardback), 26(2), 227-240
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Antigone’s Diary – A Model for Democratic Decision Making in Suburban Stockholm
2016 (English)In: Contemporary theatre review (Hardback), ISSN 1026-7166, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 227-240Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

”Antigone has disappeared, but we found her diary. Join us in the search of her traces.” Sophocles’ drama has been transferred to a suburb of Stockholm. Students in a local highschool have recreated the classical tale in their own environment, guided by director Rebecca Forsberg from the RATS Theatre. RATS stands for “Research in Artistic TechnologieS”, a section of the Department of Computer and System Science at Stockholm University. Cellular phones are not prohibited in this theatrical enterprise, on the contrary, they constitute the particular means of communication in this event. Whether you download an app into your own phone or lend a phone from the organizers – what you will hear are the fragments of Antigone’s diary. You will find sculptures, parks, kiosks and other places through the GPS and every time you come close to the next site of performance, your phone knows when you are there. And every time you leave the place, Antigone will ask you a question: “What makes you angry?” – “When can one break the rules?” Etc. You can answer the questions by means of text messages and once you have done so, you can see what other participants have answered before you. How does it end? Haimon, Antigone’s friend and lover, whispers into your ear: “What does freedom mean to you?” It is up to us, the participants, to find appropriate responses to this eternal question. This theatrical event, highly technified and reversing the relationship between agents and beholders, gives rise to a number of intricate questions. The problems at stake concern the creative process of this mobile drama, the technical challenges to make it work, the theoretical implications of this multimedia performance, and, finally, the outcome in terms of civic engagement and its potentials of public decision making.

Keywords
Rats theatre, Antigone, immersice participation, e-government
National Category
Information Systems Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131372 (URN)10.1080/10486801.2015.1078325 (DOI)000376133400008 ()
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Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-16 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Ernst, M. & Sauter, W. (2015). Antigone’s diary – Young Audiences as Co-creators of GPS-guided Radio Drama. Nordic Theatre Studies, 27(1), 32-41
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Antigone’s diary – Young Audiences as Co-creators of GPS-guided Radio Drama
2015 (English)In: Nordic Theatre Studies, ISSN 0904-6380, E-ISSN 2002-3898, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 32-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The play, Antigone’s Diary, is a re-written version of Sophocles’ classical play, developed with teenage schoolchildren in the riot-ridden suburb Husby, a 30-minute subway ride away from the centre of Stockholm. Rebecca Forsberg of RATS Theatre adapted the plot into an interactive radio performance with a mobile audience, walking through the suburb and responding via text messages to Antigone’s questions after each of the twelve scenes. Young audiences were of especial interest for this project. Therefore, school performances for teenagers are the focus of this survey. The responses of pupils were studied during and after performances by means of observations, qualitative interviews and quantitative analysis of the text messages that the participants sent in response to Antigone’s questions. The seriousness and enthusiasm of young audiences were one of the stunning outcomes of this survey and a number of quotations illustrate the immersive power of this production. Furthermore, this experiment also served as a text bed for the Department of Computer and System Science, to which Rats Theatre is closely tied. The multimedia performance, combining radio drama, mobile audiences in a local environment and the options of interactive participation, demonstrated the potential of participatory experiences to engage audiences in democratic processes that can be applied to issues of political interest and decision making in the public sphere.

Keywords
multimedia performance, mobile radio drama, moving audiences, immersion, participation, democratic involvement
National Category
Information Systems Performing Art Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125135 (URN)10.7146/nts.v27i1.24245 (DOI)000367360400004 ()
Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
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