Irene Lehmann

Theatre and Performance Studies |
Journalism | Dramaturgy

Experimental Music Theatre | Performance Art

Irene Lehmann (Dr. phil.) lebt und forscht als Wissenschaftlerin und in Berlin, Hamburg und Erlangen. Ihre Schwerpunkte sind experimentelle Formate in den aufführenden Künsten: Musik, Theater und Tanz. Ein weiteres Forschungsfeld bildet sich aus dem Verhältnis verschiedener Wissensmodi, die etwa im Verhältnis von künstlerischer und wissenschaftlicher Forschung diskutiert werden.

Photo by Elisabeth Mena Urbitsch

Irene Lehmann is a Berlin and Hamburg based performance studies scholar and journalist with a focus on experimental music and performance art. Furthermore, she pursues ways of connecting art, artistic and academic research.

Extended Biographical Information

Dr. Irene Lehmann studied Theatre studies, Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Freie University Berlin and completed her PhD on politics and aesthetics in Luigi Nono’s experimental music theatre (“Auf der Suche nach einem neuen Musiktheater. Politik und Ästhetik in Luigi Nonos musikthetralen Arbeiten zwischen 1960 und 1975, Wolke 2019”). She gained different fellowships for that project and conducted research in Italian, German and American archives. Currently, she pursues a PostDoc project on “Non-linear Temporalities and Gender in Experimental Music Theatre” at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuernberg and obtained a fellowship on that behalf. She inititated and co-edited “Staging Gender. Reflektionen aus Theorie und Praxis der performativen Künste” (transcript 2019), a book project, that created a dialogue on gender and the performative arts between academic researchers and artists.

Lehmann teaches Theatre Studies at FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg and writes as a critic on experimental music theatre, and works from time to time as a dramaturgic advisor. She’s involved in different artistic research cooperations, such as with Pia Palme’s Fragility of Sound Project (KUG Graz, Austria), or Heike Langsdorf’s Distraction as a Discipline-Project (KASK Gent, Belgium).

Lehmann has further work experience in the field of cultural management, and has worked with different Berlin based festivals and concert formats for experimental music, such as MaerzMusik, Kontraklang and Echtzeitmusiktage.