Cite as: Hans-Thies Lehmann, ‘Theatre – Tragedy - Thought’, keynote presented at the conference Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy: Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre, ICI Berlin, 4 December 2014, video recording, mp4, 33:20 <>
4 Dec 2014

Theatre – Tragedy - Thought

By Hans-Thies Lehmann
Keynote by Hans-Thies Lehmann read by Ramona Mosse


Ramona Mosse

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:33:20
First published on:
Rights: © ICI Berlin

Part of the Conference

Thinking Through Tragedy and Comedy: Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre

How do performance and philosophy encounter one another? Where do thinking and performing overlap? These are fundamental questions that are currently stimulating the ideas of philosophers, theatre and literature scholar and performers alike. Our international symposium offers a forum for this cross-disciplinary debate by focusing on tragedy and comedy as exemplary sites on which the tensions between theatre, philosophy, and performance are played out. Genre studies returns as a foil with which to reframe the discursive cultures that performance and philosophy offer. We seek to trace the future of genre in its philosophical and performative dimension. Our goal is to think the productive clash between generic structure and performative flow.

For further information, a full list of participants, and the complete programme, please visit:


ICI Berlin
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Simon Critchley
Erika Fischer-Lichte
Russell Ford
Rupert Glasgow
John Morreall
Nikolaus Müller-Schöll
Freddie Rokem
Jennifer Wallace
et al

Organized by

Ramona Mosse
Anna Street
Maïté Marciano
The Performance Philosophy Working Group Tragedy and Comedy: Genres of Dramatic Thought, in cooperation with the Dahlem Humanities Center and the ICI Berlin, with support of the Center for International Cooperation at the Free University Berlin.