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The Routledge companion to theatre and politics, edited by Peter Eckersall, Helena Grehan - (pbk.)

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, 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: Post, Assembly, Gap, Institution, Machine, Message, End, and Re. 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 twenty-first century, by exploring how theatre and performance might provoke, unsettle, reinforce, or productively destabilise the status quo
Table Of Contents
1. A dramaturgy of cultural activism / Helena Grehan and Peter Eckersall -- Part I Post -- 2. Reflections upon the "post": towards a cultural history and a performance-oriented perspective / Andy Lavender -- 3. Post-dictatorship Chilean theatre and the political imperative: Ictus' Esto (no) es un testamento / Jennifer Joan Thompson -- 4. After the referendum: when the theatre tries to do "something" / Marilena Zaroulia -- 5. Arab political theatre post-Arab Spring / Marvin Carlson -- 6. Queer politics/nostalgia: performing the UpStairs Lounge fire of 1973 / Sean F. Edgecomb -- 7. Contemporary theatre, the contemporary, and historicity / C.J. W.-L. Wee -- 8. The vita perfumativa and post-dramatic, post-conceptual personae / Jon McKenzie -- 9. Post-98 Indonesian theatre and performance: politics between a war of loudness and the dramaturgy of a silencer / Ugoran Prasad -- 10. The theatre of posthuman immunity / João Florêncio -- 11. Revolutionary trends at the South African National Arts Festival / Anton Krueger-- 12. The cultural and political impact of post-migrant theatre in Germany / Azadeh Sharifi -- 13. Staging post-democracy in State 1-4 by Rimini Protokoll / Imanuel Schipper -- 14. Parsing the post: the post-political and its utility (or not) for performance / Janelle Reinelt -- Part II Assemby -- 15. Hosts of angels: climate guardians and quiet activism / Denise Varney -- 16. Reflecting upon freedom with Meiro Koizumi / Shintaro Fujii -- 17. An assembly of mourning: documentary theatre as a mode alternative historiography / Kai Tuchmann -- 18. Assembly as community: politics and performance in late-twentieth- and early-twentieth-century Buenos Aires / Jean Graham-Jones -- 19. Advocacy, allies, and "allies of convenience" in performance and performative protest / Bree Hadley -- 20. From revolution to figuration: a genealogy of Philippine protest performances / Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco and Bryan Levina Viray -- 21. The politics of care: play, stillness and social presence / Michael Balfour-- 22. Assembling non-presence in the aborigine is present / Lara Stevens -- 23. 100% Tokyo (2013) by Rimini Protokoll as a political forum by emancipated performers and audience members / Ken Hagiwara -- 24. Lessons in revolting: a postdramatic theatre in Egypt / Areeg Ibrahim -- 25. Obscene public speech / Tony Fisher -- Part III Group -- 26. Dogwhistle performance: concealing white supremacy in right-wing populism / Shannon Steen -- 27. Arkadas kalabilir miyiz?/Can we remain friends? a reflection on the politics of land, performance and friendship / Özgül Akinci -- 28. The construction of material referentiality in Chilean theatre: Los que van quedando en el camino (2010) / Milena Grass Kleiner -- 29. To rest in the gap: possibilities for another politics through theatre / Jazmin Badong Llana -- 30. "You are Bernarda": marginalised Roma women take on the main Spanish stages / Mara Valderrama -- 31. Dancing in the gap / Rachael Swain-- 32. Touring San Francisco's Chinatown: collective memories and peripatetic performance / Sean Metzger and Marike Splint -- 33. "It's just not right": performing homelessness in Kalisolaite Uhila's Mo'ui tukuhausia / Emma Willis -- 34. Resisting production: the slow politics of theatre / Mark Fleishman -- 35. The speculative collectivity of the global transnational, or, social practice and the international division of labour / Verónica Tello -- 36. Acts of collaboration and disruption: notes on the asylum ballet Uropa / Solveig Gade -- Part IV Institution -- 37. The power of abuse / Jen Harvie -- 38. Institutional aesthetics and the crisis of leadership / Christopher Balme -- 39. The politics of teaching theatre / Glenn D'Cruz -- 40. Going feral: queerly de-domesticating the institution (and running wild) / Alyson Campbell -- 41. Artists versus the city: the curious story of the Jakarta Arts Council 1968-2017 / Helly Minarti -- 42. Festival dramaturgy / Ong Keng Sen -- 43. "100-days house": blackout as political action / Konstantina Georgelou-- 44. The performative institution / Edward Scheer -- 45. Punishment and chaos / David Pledger -- PART V Machine -- 46. Maria Lucia Cruz Correia's urban action clinic garden: a political ecology with diplomats of dissensus and composite bodies engaged in intra-action / Christel Stalpaert -- 47. Docile subjects: from theatres of automata to the machinery of twenty-first-century media / Evelyn Wan -- 48. The human object in Oriza Hirata's I, worker and sayonara / Sarah Lucie -- 49. Clarke and Dawe's mock interviews and the politics of duration / Yuji Sone -- 50. Exposing the machinic present: Rimini Protokoll's theatre of operations / Timon Beyes -- 51. Performances of exposure: Santiago Sierra's ethical interruptions / Gabriella Calchi Novati -- 52. VOID / Kristof van Baarle -- 53. Performance in the biosphere: or, a theatre of things / Eddie Paterson -- PART VI Message -- 54. How does the riot speak? / Sophie Nield -- 55. The hopeless courage of confronting contemporary realities: Milo Rau's "globally conceived theatre of humanity" / Peter M. Boenisch -- 56. Ibsen as method: critical theatre for the era of post-truth politics / Andrew Goldberg -- 57. Facing fear: the radical reversal of narratives of risk / Sigrid Merx -- 58. Form and violence: beyond theatrical content / Eero Laine -- 59. The message is Maori: the politics of haka in performance / Nicola Hyland -- 60. A theatre of the middle way: Buddhism, convictions, and social engagement in Burma/Myanmar / Matthew Yoxall -- 61. Contemporary Chilean political theatre between opacity and propaganda: the case of Colectivo Zoologico's Dark / Fabián Escalona -- 62. Flânerie of the mind: Beyene Haile's Asmara play as a dramaturgy of the street / Christine Matzke -- 63. Acting on behalf of themselves: the theatrical politics of child's play / Bryoni Trezise -- Part VII -- 64. End and interval / Joe Kelleher -- 65. Stage managing ruins in Lebanon's borderlands / Ella Parry-Davies -- 66. Striving, falling, performing: phenomenologies of mood and apocalypse / Peta Tait -- 67. Plastic animals in praxes of metamorphosis / Eve Katsouraki -- 68. Against staging apocalyptic disasters with butoh dance: Ohno Yoshito's Flower and bird/inside and outside / Hayato Kosuge -- 69. Theatre and eschatological politics / Felipe Cevera -- 70. Holstein's hair: the politics of decadence in the famous Lauren Barri Holstein's Splat! / Adam Alston -- 71. Performance as infrastructure and institutional unlearnings / Gigi Argyropoulou -- 72. Radically dead art in the beautiful end times / Peter Eckersall -- Part VIII Re. -- 73. A Chinese catastrophe? the moving target of political theatre / Paul Rae -- 74. Preserved by permafrost: reanimating and reimagining complexity in Canada's Klondike gold rush / Phoebe Rumsey -- 75. The situated performative: considering the politics of the pause in performance / Alexa Taylor -- 76. Between resistance and consensus: the mercurial dramaturgy of the necessary stage / Melissa Wansin Wong -- 77. Open platforms for dialogue and difference: critical leadership in Singapore theatre / Charlene Rajendran-- 78. Geomnemonic performance: activating political ontology through unsettled remains / Daphna Ben-Shaul -- 79. Art, politics and the promise of rupture: reimagining the manifesto in an age of overflow / Helena Grehan -- 80. Re-visit/re-examine/re-contextualise/re-ignite: protest and activism as performance / Sarah Ann Standing -- 81. Evidencing slow making in one-to-one performance at the proximity festival / Renée Newman -- 82. Re-inventing a political theatre in Burkina Faso / Heather Jeanne Denyer -- Index
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