Theâtre et architecture sous le Troisième Reich : les scènes de plein air au service de la propagande de masse

Abstract : The open-air theatre construction movement under the Third Reich or Thingbewegung is a relatively unknown aspect of National Socialist cultural policy. This propaganda theatre was to gather several thousand spectators in outlying places, spaces specially built by the regime to celebrate the community of the people free of any social differentiation or, to use Nazi terminology, the Volksgemeinschaft. The central aspect remains the regime’s desire to bring together, on a considerable scale, a new form of architecture and mass theatrical performance. The objective, clearly expressed from the beginning of the movement in 1933, was to develop 400 stages throughout the country. By 1934, twenty were actually under construction and, at the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, there were about thirty of them. This research project is based on the hypothesis that a better understanding of the phenomenon becomes possible when it is replaced within the dual historical tradition of theatre and architecture. This approach, both synchronic and diachronic, based on a multidisciplinary approach, aims to uncover the specific forms of creation of these scenic places while emphasizing the association with the totalitarian ideological policy of National Socialism.
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Antoine Beaudoin. Theâtre et architecture sous le Troisième Reich : les scènes de plein air au service de la propagande de masse. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université de Nanterre - Paris X; HafenCity Universität Hamburg, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018PA100133⟩. ⟨tel-02183829⟩

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