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Assesses the Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) movement in context. This collection looks at the cultural practices, which inform TO, and explore them within a frame of cultural politics and performance theory. The contributors put TO into dialogue with complexity theory. This work is useful to TO practitioners and scholars.

'[An] engaging collection of essays ... a fine contribution.' Contemporary Theatre Review

Jan Cohen-Cruz wrote Local Acts: Community-based Performance in the US, edited Radical Street Performance, and, with Mady Schutzman, co-edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism. She is an associate professor at NYU where she teaches in the Drama and the Art and Public Policy Departments. Mady Schutzman is author of The Real Thing: Performance, hysteria, and advertising, and co-editor, with Jan Cohen-Cruz, of Playing Boal: Theatre, therapy, activism. She teaches at California Institute of the Arts and is an advisory board member of L.A. Center for Theatre of the Oppressed. Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Schutzman hosted Boal at NYU in 1987-88, brought a group of 20 cultural practitioners to Rio de Janeiro for 3 weeks to study with Boal in 1989, and co-edited Playing Boal: Theatre, therapy, activism in 1994.


Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is often referred to as a body of theatrical techniques. Yet this does not do justice to the rich contribution of Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal, TO's founder and innovator of over 40 years.
"A Boal Companion" explores performative and cultural ideas and practices that inform Boal's work by putting them alongside those from related disciplines. Contributors in this anthology put TO into dialogue with complexity theory, Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, race theory, feminist performance art, Deleuze and Guattari, and liberation psychology -- to name just a few. In this way, kinship between Boal's project and multiple fields including social psychology, ethics, biology, comedy, trauma studies, and political science is made visible.
This collection not only expands the knowledge of TO practitioners and scholars but invites into TO those readers unfamiliar with Boal's work whose primary interests lie in one of the related disciplines addressed in these essays. The ideas generated throughout the collection will:
- Expand readers' understanding of TO as a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-vocal body of philosophical discourses
- Provide a variety of lenses through which to practice and critique TO
- Make explicit the relationships between TO and other bodies of work.

Introduction Politics and Performance(s) of Identity: Twenty-five Years of Brazilian Theatre (1954-79) Section 1: Sites Political Theatre: Staging the Political: Boal and the Horizons of Theatrical Commitment Pedagogy: Critical Interventions: The Meaning of Praxis Activism: Tactical Carnival: Social Movement, Demonstrations, and Dialogical Performance Therapy: Social Healing and Liberatory Politics: A Roundtable Discussion Legislating: Performing Democracy in the Streets: Participatory Budgeting and Legislative Theatre in Brazil Section 2: Tropes Artand Everyday Life: Action in Feminist Performance Art Storytelling: Redefining the Private: From Personal Storytelling to Political Act Metaxis: Metaxis: Dancing (in) the In-Between Aesthetic Space: Aesthetics Space/Imaginative Geographies Jok(er)ing: Joker Runs Wild Witnessing: Witnessing Subjects: A Fool's Help Section 3: Ideologies Postcolonial Theory: Re-envisioning Theatre, Activism, and Citizenship in Neocolonial Contexts Feminist Theory: Negotiating Feminist Identities and Theatre of the Oppressed RaceTheory: Unperforming "Race": Strategies for Re-Imagining Identity Notes on Contributors Index


Titel: A Boal Companion
Untertitel: Dialogues on Theatre and Cultural Politics
EAN: 9780415322935
ISBN: 978-0-415-32293-5
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 224
Gewicht: 540g
Größe: H246mm x B174mm
Jahr: 2005