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Political Theatre in Europe: East to West, 2007-2014

Shevtsova, Maria. 2016. Political Theatre in Europe: East to West, 2007-2014. New Theatre Quarterly, 32(2), pp. 142-156. ISSN 0266-464X [Article]

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What political theatre may be in contemporary times and in what sense it is ‘political’ are the core issues of this article. Examples are chosen from within a restricted period, 2007 to 2014, but from a considerably wide space that starts from Eastern Europe – Russia, Romania, Hungary, Poland – and goes to Germany and France. These examples are principally productions by established ensemble theatre companies and they are framed by a brief discussion concerning independent theatres, ‘counter-cultural’ positions, and institutional and institutionalized theatres. The latter group is in focus to indicate how political theatre in the seven years specified has been far from alien to, or sidelined from, National Theatres, State Theatres, or other theatres of national status subsidized by governments. Two main profiles of recent political theatre emerge from this research, one that acknowledges political history, while the other critiques neoliberal capitalism; there is some unpronounced overlap between the two. Productions of Shakespeare feature significantly in the delineated theatrescape. Maria Shevtsova is co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly and Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her most recent book (co-authored) is The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing (2013).

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Bogomolov, Castorf, Dodin, Fokin, Gremina, Klata, Krymov, Mnouchkine, Müller Ostermeier, Pollesch, Purcarete, Shakespeare, Vidnyanszky, Volkostrelov

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


13 April 2016Published Online

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04 Apr 2016 12:34

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03 Jul 2017 12:20

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