Rock Theatrics and Poetry: The New Catharsis

By Corina Gruber.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper aims to analyze the performance of a contemporary German rock band, Rammstein. The article begins by discussing the role of rock music in contemporary culture and the manner in which it relates to theoretical aspects in art, such as catharsis and the Dionysian. The analysis of Rammstein’s live performance during the “Liebe ist für alle da” tour aims to identify the effects the theatrical performance on stage has on the public. Also, the study explains the manner in which the lyrics connect to the band’s acting. The lyrics are analyzed from a lyrical point of view, interpreting the inherent poetry and symbolism. Concluding, this study presents a rock band seen as a sum of artistic occurrences, which creates a new form of catharsis.

Keywords: Rock Band, Theatrical Performance, Lyrics Interpretation, Catharsis, Contemporary Art

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp.153-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 844.425KB).

Corina Gruber

Literature Teacher, “Gheorghe Lazar” National College, Sibiu, Romania

Corina Gruber currently works as a literature teacher in “Gheorghe Lazar” National College in Sibiu, Romania and teaches students aged 14 to 19, preparing them for national exams and other kind of creative literary contests. Gruber also coordinates the school magazine, Lyceum. Gruber graduated from the Master’s program in Modernism and Postmodernism at the “Lucian Blaga” University in Sibiu in 2007 and has published articles in several Romanian cultural magazines, such as Euphorion, Transylvania and Astra. These articles are mostly concerned with literary criticism and occasionally with cultural studies. Gruber has participated in several national and international conferences in Romania and has obtained distinctions for the studies presented there. Some of these conferences are the National Student Conference “Mihai Eminescu”, editions from 2003 to 2007, the “Emil Cioran” International Conference in 2005 and The National Comparative Studies Conference in 2007. Gruber is fluent in English (with a Cambridge Proficiency Degree) and in German, and Gruber’s computer skills include the use of Microsoft Office. Apart from literature, Gruber’s interests include music, movies, and travelling.


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