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Anxious Affinities: How Theatrical Performance Can Generate a Platform for Interpersonal Dialogue

Anxious Affinities: How Theatrical Performance Can Generate a Platform for Interpersonal Dialogue AbstractThe article combines both philosophical and psychological approaches to argue that art and theatre performance especially can be grasped as a revelation of the universal and basic human concern, which is existential anxiety. The author presents an opinion, that via performative acts on stage, spectators and performers/actors are interconnected in hermeneutic situation (Hans-Georg Gadamer), in which they play their existential experience. Therefore, the universal death anxiety (Irvin D. Yalom) can be understood as a possible platform for interpersonal and intercultural dialogue (Martin Buber). The article concludes, that archetypes (Carl Gustav Jung) are such a place for mutual understanding, representing both mental and physical answers to the basic existential experience of humankind. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Slovenske divadlo /The Slovak Theatre de Gruyter

Anxious Affinities: How Theatrical Performance Can Generate a Platform for Interpersonal Dialogue

Slovenske divadlo /The Slovak Theatre , Volume 65 (3): 11 – Sep 1, 2017

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2017 Jan Motal, published by De Gruyter Open
eISSN
1336-8605
DOI
10.1515/sd-2017-0018
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Abstract

AbstractThe article combines both philosophical and psychological approaches to argue that art and theatre performance especially can be grasped as a revelation of the universal and basic human concern, which is existential anxiety. The author presents an opinion, that via performative acts on stage, spectators and performers/actors are interconnected in hermeneutic situation (Hans-Georg Gadamer), in which they play their existential experience. Therefore, the universal death anxiety (Irvin D. Yalom) can be understood as a possible platform for interpersonal and intercultural dialogue (Martin Buber). The article concludes, that archetypes (Carl Gustav Jung) are such a place for mutual understanding, representing both mental and physical answers to the basic existential experience of humankind.

Journal

Slovenske divadlo /The Slovak Theatrede Gruyter

Published: Sep 1, 2017

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