The conference 'Cross-cultural Exchange in Popular Musical Theatre, 1890-1939' brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines working on popular musical theatre of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It is especially interested in instances of cultural exchange in operetta, musical comedy and revue between London, Berlin and other European and non-European cities.
The conference is organized by the research project ‘West End and Friedrichstraße’, hosted by Freie Universität Berlin and Goldsmiths, University and London and financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
March 29th 2012
Paul Nolte & Tobias Becker (Freie Universität Berlin): Introductory Remarks
Chair: Sven Oliver Müller (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin)
Marion Linhardt (Universität Bayreuth): Rethinking Histories of Operetta. European Genre Transfers in the 19th and Early 20th Century
Stefan Frey (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): How a sweet Viennese girl became a naughty cosmopolitan lady. From operetta to musical comedy: A paradigmatic cross-cultural exchange in the beginning 20th century.
Viv Gardner (University of Manchester): The Sandow Girl and Her Sisters. The construction and performance of the healthy female body in fin de siècle musical comedy
Transculturality – Intermediality
Chair: David Linton (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Vagelis Siropoulos (Goldsmiths, University of London): Theorizing the Advent of the Revue and Its Influence on Early Twentieth Century British and German Musical Theatre
Carolin Stahrenberg (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt) & NILS GROSCH (Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg): The Transculturality of Stage, Song and Other Media. Reflections on Intermediality in Popular Musical Theatre
Robert Gordon (Goldsmiths, University of London): Noël Coward and the Image of 'the Modern'
Len PLATT, David Linton (Goldsmiths) & TObias Becker (Freie Universität Berlin): West End and Friedrichstraße. A Comparative Study of Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1939
March, 30th 2012
Chair: Klaus Nathaus (Universität Bielefeld)
Derek B. Scott (University of Leeds): German Operetta in the West End and on Broadway
Peter Bailey (University of Manitoba/Indiana University): 'Hullo Ragtime!' The Rise of Revue and the Americanisation of the British Popular Stage
Chair: Kerstin Lange (Freie Universität Berlin)
Linda Braun (Johns Hopkins University Baltimore): Between 'Negro Operetta' and Yodeling in Lederhosen. Music Performances of Black Americans in English and German Theaters (1880-1914)
Susann Lewerenz (Universität Hamburg): The Non-Stop Revue ‘Tropical Express’ in Nazi Germany
Operetta at War
Chair: Hansjakob Ziemer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin)
Eva Krivanec (Universität Wien): Soldier Boys and Gipsy Princesses. Popular Musical Theatre in European Metropoles during Wartime, 1914-1918
Matthias Kauffmann (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): Operetta and Propaganda. The Politicisation of Popular Musical Theatre in the ‘Third Reich’