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Turning Points and Continuity: The Changing Roles of Performance in Society 1880-1925

The project aims to revisit and re-interpret a period celebrated as the breakthrough of modern theatre. Using extensive archival work and historiographical and socio-economic analyses, the researchers will investigate the performance practices in Sweden that have become marginalized in the historical narratives, for example operetta, variety dancing, and comedies written by women playwrights. This approach looks appreciatively at the many aesthetic layers that worked in tandem with the emergence of the early avant-garde. The seven research topics address the agency of individual artists in relation to structural conditions of performance. Studies will focus on how artists navigated in the changing theatre system, and how their cultural capital was used in furthering their careers, for example in negotiations about careers and contracts, and in relation to shifts in the labour market. All the projects will interpret unused source material, such as private correspondence, contracts, audio visual material, scripts, drawings and fashion magazines. The research thus aims to put an emphasis on the historiography of a period. With the inclusion of all the completed contributions, it will be possible to re-conceptualize the picture of a performance culture and its functions in the Swedish public sphere. Consequently, from behind the image of innovations and aesthetic turning points, there appears a long tradition of popular performance styles existing side-by-side with the avant-garde. von Rosen’s project explores dance in Gothenburg in the period 1880–1925.

Project leader: Lena Hammergren, Stockholm University
Participant researcher at Cultural Sciences: Astrid von Rosen
Project duration: 2014–18
Funding: The Swedish Research Council

Contact Information

Astrid von Rosen

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46-(0)31-786 2784

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