After graduating from high school, Andreas Kotte trained as a draftsman and worked as a lighting technician . From 1978 to 1982 he studied theater studies, cultural studies and aesthetics at the Humboldt University in Berlin . In 1985 he was there with the dissertation “The Halberstädter Adamsspiel. A borderline case of medieval theater culture " on the Dr. phil. PhD ( PhD A ). After working as a research assistant at the Academy of Sciences of the GDR and in 1987 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences , he received his doctorate B at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 1988 with a thesis on contemporary Hungarian theater . He then taught as a private lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 1992 he has been a full professor of theater studies and director of the Institute for Theater Studies at the University of Bern .
In contrast to the theories that deductively derive theater concepts from aesthetics or non-specialist literature, Kotte, inspired by Bertolt Brecht's “street scene”, developed an inductive concept of the “scenic processes” that can be called theater. In it, actors and viewers are regarded as having equal rights, in that the actors initiate processes and the viewers assign the designation theater - or not.
Since the historical understanding of theater is still largely shaped by the fact that there was no theater in Europe before the Greek tragedy and comedy and that there was a theater vacuum between the 5th and 10th centuries, that serious "dramatic" theater, only on the Building on dialogue, only emerged in the 17th century and theater, after a development from the lower to the higher, is now being successively replaced by audiovisual media, Kotte tried a problematizing alternative. He developed the theorem “structure of theatricality” of the theater scholar Rudolf Münz (1931–2008) into a historiographical method that allows theater history to be read differently: The origins of theater are therefore close to those of the other arts at a time when no one suspected could that there would one day be a Greek polis . To speak of a theatrical vacuum between 530 and 930 AD is inappropriate, as the cultural-historical material density for all areas of society sinks to a similarly low level. Due to the persistence of traces of theater, it does not have to be rediscovered in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. According to Kotte, the audiovisual media of the 20th century constantly produce scenic processes between the recording teams and the actors, the laypeople and the moderators of all kinds, which can be summarized in the form of “media theater” before the camera mediates them. Relieved of some educational and other functions, the development of the media increases the willingness to experiment in the theater area, which is shown, among other things, in post-dramatic theater , which does not replace the other forms of theater, but complements them.
In addition to the courses on theater theory and dramaturgy , Kotte realized one of the last series of lectures in German-speaking countries on the entire history of theater in eight semesters each. The project "STEP - Project on European Theater Systems", founded in 2005 together with Hans van Maanen in Groningen , explores the theater systems of seven smaller countries in Europe, including Switzerland. The four-language theater lexicon of Switzerland contains around 3,600 articles in three volumes and was also published online in 2012. Kotte publishes research on Swiss theater history in the Theatrum Helveticum series ; his Materials series of the ITW Bern is intended to support international theater studies research. In 25 years, more than 30 volumes were created, of which the book “Stage and Office” characterizes the forms of theater in contemporary Swiss theater and the extensive picture collection “Ancient Theaters and Masks” was published online in 2015.
The Halberstädter Adamsspiel, a borderline case of medieval theater culture. Berlin 1985, Dissertation A , Humboldt University Berlin, 1985).
- New version: Theatricality in the Middle Ages. The Halberstädter Adamsspiel (= Mainz research on drama and theater. Vol. 10). Francke, Tübingen / Basel 1994, ISBN 3-7720-1838-6 .
Hungarian theater today. An introduction to the economic-artistic mechanism of action of the Hungarian theater system using the example of structural changes 1980–1987. 2 volumes. 1988, Dissertation B , Humboldt University Berlin, 1988).
- Excerpts as: Hungarian theater today. Structural changes 1980–1987 (= material on theater. H. 220; material on theater. Internationales Theater. H. 17). Association of Theater Professionals of the GDR, Berlin 1989.
- Theater studies. An introduction (= UTB . 2665). Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2005; 2nd, updated edition 2012, ISBN 978-3-8252-3693-9 (also published in English, Czech and Hungarian translations).
- Theater history. An introduction (= UTB. 3871). Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2013, ISBN 978-3-8252-3871-1 .
- Theater Lexicon of Switzerland . 3 volumes. Chronos, Zurich 2005, ISBN 3-0340-0715-9 .
- with Hans van Maanen and Anneli Saro: Global Changes - Local Stages. How Theater Functions in Smaller European Countries (= Themes in Theater. Collective Approaches to Theater and Performance. Vol. 5). Rodopi, Amsterdam / New York 2009, ISBN 978-90-420-2612-4 .
- with Stefan Hulfeld and Friedmann Kreuder: theater historiography. Continuities and breaks in discourse and practice. Francke, Tübingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-7720-8212-2 .
- Theatrum Helveticum series by ITW Bern
- Materials series of the ITW Bern
- Literature by and about Andreas Kotte in the catalog of the German National Library
- Andreas Kotte on the website of the Institute for Theater Studies at the University of Bern
- Kürschner's German Scholar Calendar . 18th edition (2001). Vol. 2, p. 1682.
- Prof. Dr. Andreas Kotte. In: Website of the Institute for Theater Studies at the University of Bern. Retrieved March 30, 2018 .
- Andreas Kotte: Theater Studies. An introduction . Böhlau Verlag, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2012, ISBN 978-3-8252-3693-9 , p. 15-60 .
- Rudolf Münz: Theatricality and Theater. On the historiography of theatrical structures . Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 1998.
- Andreas Kotte: History of the theater. An introduction . Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2013, ISBN 978-3-8252-3871-1 , p. 13-23, 403-405, especially p. 403 .
- with Hans van Maanen and Anneli Saro: Global Changes - Local Stages. How Theater Functions in Smaller European Countries (= Themes in Theater. Collective Approaches to Theater and Performance. Vol. 5). Rodopi, Amsterdam / New York 2009, ISBN 978-90-420-2612-4 ( publisher page for the book ).
- Theater Lexicon of Switzerland - online. In: Website of the Institute for Theater Studies at the University of Bern. Retrieved September 15, 2016 .
- Theatrum Helveticum. In: Website of the Institute for Theater Studies at the University of Bern. Retrieved September 15, 2016 .
- Materials from the ITW Bern. In: Website of the Institute for Theater Studies at the University of Bern. Retrieved September 15, 2016 .
- Karl Gotthilf Kachler (photos), Sara Aebi, Regula Brunner (texts): Ancient theater and masks online. Retrieved September 15, 2016 .
- Theater Studies. An introduction. Reviewed by Martin Zierold
- History of theater. An introduction. Reviewed by Martin Lau
- History of theater. An introduction. Reviewed by David Krych
- History of theater. An introduction. Reviewed by Bernd Blaschke
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German theater scholar|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 14, 1955|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dresden|