Performing Democracy

Performing Democracy AbstractThe debate about the relationship between theatre and democracy rests on a presumption that both the artform and the political form share an intertwined history, based in their co-appearance in Greece. Equally well-known is the antagonism towards both theatre and democracy that emerges at the same moment, most clearly found in Plato. This essay revisits this history in order to set up an examination of two contemporary theatre performances that explicitly raise the relationship of democracy and theatre, the British company Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man and the Belgian company Ontroerend Goed’s Fight Night. Both, in very different ways, approach democracy through a focus on audience experience. How, then, might these productions be read in terms of a democracy-to-come and a theatre-to-come? http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anglia de Gruyter

Performing Democracy

Anglia , Volume 136 (1): 17 – Mar 8, 2018

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De Gruyter Mouton
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© 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
1865-8938
eISSN
1865-8938
D.O.I.
10.1515/ang-2018-0014
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Abstract

AbstractThe debate about the relationship between theatre and democracy rests on a presumption that both the artform and the political form share an intertwined history, based in their co-appearance in Greece. Equally well-known is the antagonism towards both theatre and democracy that emerges at the same moment, most clearly found in Plato. This essay revisits this history in order to set up an examination of two contemporary theatre performances that explicitly raise the relationship of democracy and theatre, the British company Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man and the Belgian company Ontroerend Goed’s Fight Night. Both, in very different ways, approach democracy through a focus on audience experience. How, then, might these productions be read in terms of a democracy-to-come and a theatre-to-come?

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Angliade Gruyter

Published: Mar 8, 2018

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