Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) is a political-satirical opera with music composed by Kurt Weill and a libretto by Bertolt Brecht which was first performed in 1930. This photograph is from a 2013 production by the Manhattan School of Music.
- Article by:
- Andrew Dickson
- Theatre practitioners and genres, 20th-century theatre, Capturing and creating the modern, Art, music and popular culture, European influence, Exploring identity
Brecht's approach to epic theatre drew on the work of earlier director Erwin Piscator, as well as cabaret, Elizabethan history plays and new technologies of light and sound. Andrew Dickson explores how the rejection of naturalism, in the service of political ideals, underpins Brecht's plays, and considers the influence of Brecht's techniques on theatre today.
- Article by:
- Robert Gordon
- Theatre practitioners and genres, 20th-century theatre, Art, music and popular culture, Capturing and creating the modern, European influence, Exploring identity
Bertolt Brecht wanted his work to revolutionise theatre's bourgeois values and bring about social and political change. Robert Gordon introduces the aesthetic principles and techniques that Brecht believed could achieve these aims, and explores how they operate in some of his best-known plays.