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The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics

Edited by: Peter Eckersall , Helena Grehan

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138303485
eBook ISBN: 9780203731055
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203731055
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Book description

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics is a volume of critical essays, provocations, and interventions on the most important questions faced by today?s writers, critics, audiences, and theatre and performance makers. Featuring texts written by scholars and artists who are diversely situated (geographically, culturally, politically, and institutionally), its multiple perspectives broadly address the question "How can we be political now?"

To respond to this question, Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan have created eight galvanising themes as frameworks or rubrics to rethink the critical, creative, and activist perspectives on questions of politics and theatre. Each theme is linked to a set of guiding keywords:

  • Post (post consensus, post-Brexit, post-Fukushima, post-neoliberalism, post-humanism, post-global financial crisis, post-acting,  the real)
  • Assembly (assemblage, disappearance, permission, community, citizen, protest, refugee)
  • Gap (who is in and out, what can be seen/heard/funded/allowed)
  • Institution (visibility/darkness, inclusion, rules)
  • Machine (biodata, surveillance economy, mediatisation)
  • Message (performance and conviction, didacticism, propaganda)
  • End (suffering, stasis, collapse, entropy)
  • Re. (reset, rescale, reanimate, reimagine, replay: how to bring complexity back into the public arena, how art can help to do<&nbsp;>this).

These themes were developed in conversation with key thinkers and artists in the field, and the resulting texts engage with artistic works across a range of modes including traditional theatre, contemporary performance, public protest events, activism, and community and participatory theatre.

Suitable for academics, performance makers, and students, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics< explores questions of how to be political in the early 21st century, by exploring how theatre and performance might provoke, unsettle, reinforce, or productively destabilise the status quo.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  A dramaturgy of cultural activism Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Reflections upon the ‘post’ Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Post-dictatorship Chilean theatre and the political imperative Download PDF
Chapter  4:  After the British EU referendum Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Arab political theatre post-Arab Spring Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Queer politics/nostalgia Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Contemporary theatre, the contemporary, and historicity Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The vita perfumativa and post-dramatic, post-conceptual personae Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Post-’98 Indonesian theatre and performance Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The theatre of posthuman immunity Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Revolutionary trends at the South African National Arts Festival Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The cultural and political impact of post-migrant theatre in Germany Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Staging post-democracy in State 1–4 by Rimini Protokoll  Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Parsing the post Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Hosts of angels Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Reflecting upon freedom with Meiro Koizumi Download PDF
Chapter  17:  An assembly of mourning Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Assembly as community Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Advocacy, allies, and ‘allies of convenience’ in performance and performative protest Download PDF
Chapter  20:  From revolution to figuration Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The politics of care Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Assembling non-presence in The Aborigine is Present  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  100% Tokyo (2013) by Rimini Protokoll as a political forum by emancipated performers and audience members Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Lessons in Revolting Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Obscene public speech Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Dogwhistle performance Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Arkadaş Kalabilir miyiz Can we remain friends? A reflection on the politics of land, performance, and friendship Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The construction of material referentiality in Chilean theatre Download PDF
Chapter  29:  To rest in the gap Download PDF
Chapter  30:  ‘You are Bernarda’ Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Dancing in the gap Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Touring San Francisco’s Chinatown Download PDF
Chapter  33:  ‘It’s just not right’ Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Resisting production Download PDF
Chapter  35:  The speculative collectivity of the global transnational, or, social practice and the international division of labour Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Acts of collaboration and disruption Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The power of abuse Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Institutional aesthetics and the crisis of leadership Download PDF
Chapter  39:  The politics of teaching theatre Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Going feral Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Artists versus the city Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Festival dramaturgy Download PDF
Chapter  43:  ‘100-Days House’ Download PDF
Chapter  44:  The performative institution Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Punishment and chaos Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Maria Lucia Cruz Correia’s Urban Action Clinic GARDEN  Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Docile subjects Download PDF
Chapter  48:  The human object in Oriza Hirata’s I, Worker and Sayonara  Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Clarke and Dawe’s mock interviews and the politics of duration Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Exposing the machinic present Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Performances of exposure Download PDF
Chapter  52:  VOID Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Performance in the biosphere Download PDF
Chapter  54:  How does the riot speak? Download PDF
Chapter  55:  The hopeless courage of confronting contemporary realities Download PDF
Chapter  56:  Ibsen as method Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Facing fear Download PDF
Chapter  58:  Form and violence Download PDF
Chapter  59:  The message is Māori Download PDF
Chapter  60:  A theatre of the middle way Download PDF
Chapter  61:  Contemporary Chilean political theatre between opacity and propaganda Download PDF
Chapter  62:  Flânerie of the mind Download PDF
Chapter  63:  Acting on behalf of themselves Download PDF
Chapter  64:  End and interval Download PDF
Chapter  65:  Stage managing ruins in Lebanon’s borderlands Download PDF
Chapter  66:  Striving, falling, performing Download PDF
Chapter  67:  Plastic animals in praxes of metamorphosis Download PDF
Chapter  68:  Against staging apocalyptic disasters with Butoh dance Download PDF
Chapter  69:  Theatre and eschatological politics Download PDF
Chapter  70:  Holstein’s hair Download PDF
Chapter  71:  Performance as infrastructure and institutional unlearnings Download PDF
Chapter  72:  Radically dead art in the beautiful end times Download PDF
Chapter  73:  A Chinese Catastrophe? The moving target of political theatre Download PDF
Chapter  74:  Preserved by permafrost Download PDF
Chapter  75:  The situated performative Download PDF
Chapter  76:  Between resistance and consensus Download PDF
Chapter  77:  Open platforms for dialogue and difference Download PDF
Chapter  78:  Geomnemonic performance Download PDF
Chapter  79:  Art, politics, and the promise of rupture Download PDF
Chapter  80:  Re-visit/re-examine/re-contextualise/re-ignite Download PDF
Chapter  81:  Evidencing slow making in one-to-one performance at the proximity festival Download PDF
Chapter  82:  Re-inventing a political theatre in Burkina Faso Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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