Refracting Implication: The question of silence in (A)pollonia

Twitchin, Mischa. 2022. Refracting Implication: The question of silence in (A)pollonia. Memory Studies, 15(3), pp. 579-594. ISSN 1750-6980 [Article]

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Addressing the work (or, indeed, the lessons) of Memory Studies, Ann Rigney has suggested that the creative arts play a particular role as ‘catalysts’ in the cultural understanding of the past. Contrasting an example of contemporary theatre repertoire with an officially legislated ‘theatre’ of remembrance, this essay reflects on differences between the cultural politics of a creative performance produced by Warsaw’s Nowy Teatr – (A)pollonia – and those of commemorative ‘performance’ mandated by the state concerning specifically the citation of ‘Righteous among the nations’. In a context where memory wars over ‘the good name’ of Poland include recourse to the law intervening in both scholarly and artistic research, how might this theatre production offer a form of counter-memorability to claims about national ‘tradition’, especially with respect to remembering the Shoah?

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(A)pollonia, aesthetic agency, implication, justice, righteous among the nations

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


4 February 2022Accepted
3 June 2022Published

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14 Jun 2022 13:24

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15 Aug 2022 08:21

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