"Der macht ja keine Tricks": Rimini Protokoll’s Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), or, How to Do Things with Magic

Michael Wood

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This contribution consists of a close reading of Rimini Protokoll’s Der Zauberlehrling (2009), which takes its name from Goethe’s ›Der Zau-berlehrling‹ (1797). Both text and production demonstrate magic’s abilities as a performative art form to effect an illusory reality and exert control. Der Zauberlehrling shows both the uses and abuses of magic in the context of war and politics in guiding the perception of others. Yet, while Rimini Protokoll may have the intention of liberating an audience through teaching them to recognise illusion as illusion, the mise-en-scène presents the production as a form of magic show in which the audience is still very much under the spell of the magicians on stage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRimini Protokoll Close-Up
Subtitle of host publicationLektüren
EditorsJohannes Birgfeld, Ulrike Garde, Meg Mumford
Place of PublicationHanover
PublisherWehrhahn Verlag
ISBN (Print)9783865254542
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2015

Publication series

NameForum für deutschsprachiges Drama und Theater in Geschichte und Gegenwart


  • Rimini Protokoll
  • Postdramatic Theatre
  • Magic
  • Theatre
  • Politics
  • Performativity
  • Performance
  • Contemporary Performance


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