Research Article

The System of Performing Arts in Transformation
An investigation of Germany's audience from a historical perspective

Abstract

On the part of cultural policy and -pedagogics, there exists deficits for some time, especially in the performing arts at the level of high culture, which apparently only (still) appeal to a very limited audience. With programmatic procedures such as audience development and concept-based cultural policy, there are innovative solutions for a broader audience appeal, which often conceal normative socio-political interests. For this reason, this paper attempts to contextualize the construct of audience used in the current debate and to reconstruct its genesis in order to cultural-political functions that can still be found today, as well as to the continuing techniques of discipline and conditioning.

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