Gašper Troha (Editor)

Amfiteater, Journal of Performing Arts Theory, Volume 9, Number 2

The focus of this Amfiteater issue presents essays of the prominent scholars and artists from theatre sciences, anthropology, philosophy and psychology of art as well as from sensorial theatre practices. The scholars and artists try to define how the sensorial method activates the process of self-examination by unlocking images, memories and associations; and how it builds up a specific self-reflection and self-awareness. How do performing and visual arts use scents and specifically smell; what does the sensorial revolution contribute to the future of art and culture scholarship, locally and globally? Within, you will find contributions dealing with particular performances and performance models (Barbara Orel, Barbara Pia Jenič, Tomaž Toporišič); performing arts and sensory culture (Enrique Vargas, Igor Areh); the sensorial as a possible tool for the social mediation and association of different social groups (Caro Verbeek, Peter de Cupere, Simon Hajdini, David Howes and Rajko Muršič). It is a meeting place for different perspectives, different backgrounds that we think open up new perspectives on the phenomena of scent in everyday life, theory and performing practices.

The theme of sensorial theatre is complemented by three articles on Slovene and international theatre and a book review of Rhapsody for the Theatre by Alain Badiou.




On the Scent Trail in and beyond Everyday Life

Sensorial Theatre

Enrique Vargas

The Theatre of the Senses: Introductory Words and a Short Conversation for the Symposium

David Howes

Nose-wise: Smell Studies Come of Age

Tomaž Toporišič

Performing Touch and Smell: The Liminality of the Senses

Simon Hajdini

Names at the Tip of the Nose

Peter de Cuperre

The Complexity of Olfactory Art. The Use of Scent as Concept and Context in the Work of Art

Barbara Orel

The World of Odour in the Slovenian Performing Arts

Barbara Pia Jenič in Igor Areh

The Art of Immersion with Smell and Sensorial Theatre Language

Caro Verbeek

On the “Odoresque” and “Aero-Perfumes”: Smell Related Neologisms in Avant-garde and Contemporary Art and Scholarship

Rajko Muršič

Between Aisthēsis and Colere: Sensoria, Everyday Improvisation and Ethnographic Reality


Milena Mileva Blažić

Subversive Children’s Literature – a Puppet Play Georgie and the Three Thieves by Alenka Gerlovič in the Context

Petra Pogorevc

Wound and Travel – Sophocles’s Philoctetes and Homer’s Odyssey in Inflammation du verbe vivre (Inflammation of the Verb to Live) by Wajdi Mouawad

Primož Jesenko

Hibernation Works for Bears but not for Theatre: The Notion of Community among Theatre Institutions and Experimental Theatre Groups in Slovenia (1955–1967)

Book Reviews

Zala Dobovšek

Večno, a zapisano pozabi


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Editor-in-Chief: Gašper Troha, PhD, Assist. Prof. (University of Ljubljana)

Editorial Board:  Zala Dobovšek, PhD (University of Ljubljana), Primož Jesenko, MA (Slovenian Theatre Institute), Matic Kocijančič, PhD (Slovenian Theatre Institute), Bojana Kunst, PhD, Prof. (Justus-Liebig University Gießen, DE), Blaž Lukan, PhD, Assist. Prof. (University of Ljubljana), Aldo Milohnić, PhD, Assoc. Prof. (University of Ljubljana), Maja Murnik, PhD (Institute of New Media Art and Electronic Literature), Barbara Orel, PhD, Prof. (University of Ljubljana), Mateja Pezdirc Bartol, PhD, Prof. (University of Ljubljana), Maja Šorli, PhD (University of Ljubljana), Tomaž Toporišič, PhD, Prof. (University of Ljubljana)

International Editorial Board: Mark Amerika, MFA (University of Colorado, US), Marin Blažević, PhD, Assoc. Prof. (Sveučilište u Zagrebu, HR), Ramsay Burt, PhD (De Montfort University, GB), Joshua Edelman, PhD (Manchester Metropolitan University, GB), Jure Gantar, PhD (Dalhousie University, CA), Anna Maria Monteverdi, PhD (Università degli Studi di Milano, IT), Janelle Reinelt, PhD (The University of Warwick, GB), Anneli Saro, PhD (Tartu Űlikool, EE), Miško Šuvaković, PhD, Prof. (Univerzitet Singidunum, RS), Stephen Elliot Wilmer, Prof. (Trinity College Dublin, IE)

Published by: Slovenian Theatre Institute (represented by Mojca Jan Zoran, Director) and University of Ljubljana, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (represented by Tomaž Gubenšek, Dean)

This work is published under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence.

Publishers: Sloveninan Theatre Institute and University in Ljubljana, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television

ISSN: 1855-4539 (Printed Edition), 1855-850X (Digital Edition)

Paperback, 231 pages; 17cm x 24 cm; Slovenian/English Language.

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