Local Interferences

Mapping the City as Resonant ‘Counter-Text’


  • Peter M. Boenisch




Building on D.J. Hopkins’s ‘counter-textual dramaturgy’ and using as principal example the curatorial strategy of the 2018 Palermo edition of the arts biennial Manifesta, both of which introduced urban study research strategies proposed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, this essay discusses the strategy of dramaturgic mapping as a way of generating ‘resonant interference’, as I call it drawing on a concept by German sociologist Hartmut Rosa. I argue that mapping fosters attention for common, resonant micro-narratives whose productive interferences help to dramaturgically embed art works within contemporary plural and diverse local cultural contexts.


Peter M. Boenisch

Peter M. Boenisch is Professor of Dramaturgy at Aarhus University. His research areas are theatre direction, dramaturgy, and the intersections of theatre and politics, as they become manifest in aspects such as spectatorship, the institutional conditions of theatre production, and transcultural performance in a globalised Europe. His books include Directing Scenes and Senses: The Thinking of Regie (2015), The Theatre of Thomas Ostermeier (co-authored with the German director, 2016), and, as editor, the volume Littlewood – Strehler – Planchon in the series The Great European Stage Directors (with Clare Finburgh Delijani, 2018), the 30th anniversary edition of David Bradby and David Williams’s Directors’ Theatre (2019), and The Schaubühne Berlin under Thomas Ostermeier: Reinventing Realism (2020). At AU, he leads the research group “Paradigms of Dramaturgy: Arts, Institutions and the Social”, and currently works on the 3-year research project Reconfiguring Dramaturgy for a Global Culture: Changing Practices in 21st century European Theatre, funded by the Aarhus University Research Foundation (2020-23).

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M. Boenisch, P. . (2022). Local Interferences: Mapping the City as Resonant ‘Counter-Text’. Peripeti, 19(S10), 83–93. https://doi.org/10.7146/peri.v19iS10.132299