Laura Kallenbach

Doing gender as aesthetic practice in theatre education. 

The research project deals with the question of how gender roles are negotiated and aesthetically developed or (de-)constructed in current works on theatre education. The project investigates (gender) identity concepts within the aesthetic practice of different theatre-education works and concepts, and uses the category of gender for the analysis of aesthetic practice. The concept of “doing gender” guides the research here in two ways: in the reception-aesthetic investigation of selected examples of staging and in the analysis of concrete (institutional) production contexts of different theatre-education works,

 

 

About

Laura Kallenbach (born in 1988 in Rostock) studied theatre studies and film studies at Freie Universität Berlin, and staging of arts and media with a focus on theatre at the University of Hildesheim. Since 2018, she has regularly taught at the University of Hildesheim. She is a founding member of CHICKS* freies performancekollektiv and she has frequently been the dramaturg of productions by the collective. From 2010 to 2013, Laura Kallenbach was assistant director at Theater an der Parkaue (Junges Staatstheater Berlin), where she directed for the first time in 2013.

Publications:

Articles:

  • Kallenbach, Laura (Im Erscheinen): „Der Hamiltonkomplex. Zur Analyse von Gender als strukturelle ästhetische Kategorie in der Theaterpädagogik“. In: Müller-Schöll, Nikolaus/ Hochholdinger-Reiterer, Beate/ Matzke, Annemarie/ Umathum, Sandra (Hg.) Thewis, die Online-Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft.
  • Kallenbach, Laura (Im Erscheinen): „Willkommen im CHICKS* palace! Kulturelle Bildung queer-feministisch – Ein strukturelles ästhetisches Modell“. In: Westphal, Kristin/Althans, Birgit/Dreyer, Matthias/Hinz, Melanie (Hg.): Kids on Stage. Andere Spielweisen in der Performancekunst. transgenerational. transkulturell. transdisziplinär. Oberhausen.
  • Kallenbach, Laura (2021): „Haltung(en) vermitteln - Diskursformate als künstlerische Praxis“. In: Geheime Dramaturgische Gesellschaft (Hg.) Anstiften. Heftreihe zur Gesprächsgestaltung. Heft 1. Haltungen. Erfurt, S.24-27.
  • Kallenbach, Laura (2020): „Kinder und Jugendliche auf der Bühne. Fragen an Normierungsprozesse im Theater mit jungen Akteur*innen“. In: IXYPSILONZETT. Jahrbuch 2021 für Kinder- und Jugendtheater. Berlin 2020, S.28-29.

Other publications

  • Kallenbach, Laura (2020): „Die Woche für nicht-infektiöse Begegnungsformate. Ein Erfahrungsbericht von Laura Kallenbach“, Geheime Dramaturgische Gesellschaft, Blog, 15.06.2020. (Online zu finden)

Presentations / conference papers:

  • 2021: Moderation (with Antigone Akgün) Panel discussion: "Wer macht und wer ist die neue Generation?“ As part of the event Frankfurt Forum Junges Theater 2021/2022. Part I: continue + make.
  • 2021: Discussion of the essay: "Doing Gender as an Aesthetic Practice in Theatre Pedagogy. 9 (research) categories to consider”  at the ITYARN conference Beginning the Journey: Legacy and Innovation in TYA at the 20th ASSITEJ World Congress in Tokyo, Japan (Online). Working Group A: TYA and Activism.
  • 2020: Presentation: "Doing Gender als ästhetische Praxis in der Theaterpädagogik“ as part of the online conference Anders in die Fläche. Neue Felder und Formate theaterpädagogischer und künstlerischer Arbeit of the Standing Conference Theater and Play at Universities. Forum: State Of The Art - Insights into Current Research.

Conference/Event Organization:

  • 2022: Research day of the AK Kritische Theaterpädagogik. PRAXIS_CRITICISM_AESTHETICS. Foundation University of Hildesheim / Online. (Together with members of the Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice" and the Institute for Media, Theatre and Popular Culture of the Foundation University of Hildesheim).
  • 2022: Network meeting of theater scholars in doctoral studies. Online. (Together with other speakers of the network group "Theaterwissenschaftler*innen in der Promotion" of the Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft)
  • 2021: Annual Conference "Üben üben" of the Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice", Foundation University of Hildesheim (Together with members of the Research Training Group).
  • 2020: Annual Conference "Participation, Body, Execution - Dimensions of Aesthetic Practice" of the Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice", Foundation University of Hildesheim (Together with members of the Research Training Group).

Teaching:

  • WiSe 20/21: „Doing Gender – Strategien zur Vermittlung von Gender in der Theaterpädagogik“ (Seminar + Practice)
  • SoSe 2019: „‘Augenblick mal! 2019‘ - (Das Sprechen über...) Zeitgenössisches Theater für Junges Publikum“ (Excursion)
  • WiSe 18/19: „Einführung in die Theaterpädagogik“ (Seminar/Basic Curriculum)
  • WiSe 18/19: „Improvisation rahmen“ (Practise)
  • SoSe 2018: „‘So I'll stand and fight' - Gender : Generation : Performance : Protest“ (Project within the framework of the project semester "1968")

 

Artistic practice (selection):

www.chicksperformance.de

Networking:

Since 2021: Spokesperson of the Network Group Theatre Scholars in Doctoral Studies of the Society for Theatre Studies (together with Yana Prinsloo, Ekaterina Trachsel and Jochen Lamb).