Redefining Theatre Communities (Book)
International Perspectives on Community-Conscious Theatre-Making
Redefining Theatre Communities explores the interplay between contemporary theatre and communities. It considers the aesthetic, social, and cultural aspects of community-conscious theatre-making. While doing so, the volume reflects on recent transformations in structural, textual, and theatrical conventions and traditions, and explores the changing modes of production and spectatorship in relation to theatre communities.
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Redefining Theatre Communities explores the interplay between contemporary theatre and communities. It considers the aesthetic, social, and cultural aspects of community-conscious theatre-making. While doing so, the volume reflects on recent transformations in structural, textual, and theatrical conventions and traditions, and explores the changing modes of production and spectatorship in relation to theatre communities. The essays edited by Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca present an array of emerging perspectives on the politics, ethics, and practices of community representation on the contemporary international theatre landscape. An international, interdisciplinary collection featuring work by theatre scholars, theatre-makers, and artistic directors from across Europe and beyond, Redefining Theatre Communities will appeal to those interested in the diverse forms of socially engaged theatre and performance.
Dr Szabolcs Musca is research fellow at the Centre for Theatre Research (CET) at the University of Lisbon (Portugal), founding director of New Tides Platform (UK) and project lead of Migrant Dramaturgies Network, currently leading an international research project on theatre and migration in Europe.
Dr Marco Galea is a senior lecturer in theatre studies at the University of Malta. He has written mainly on nineteenth- and twentieth-century theatre in Malta and on postcolonial theatre and literature.
Table of Figures
Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca
PART I: Theatre Communities: Traces, Places and Belonging
Communal Solidarity and Amateur Theatre in Post-Revolutionary Russia: Theoretical Approaches
Theatre in Malta: Which Spaces Does the Community Occupy?
Vicki Ann Cremona and Ruben Paul Borg
Performance, Dislocation and Spirituality: Adrift Together
PART II: Performing Communal Identities: Ethics, Politics and Affect
The Politics of Spectatorship: Community, Ethics and Affect in Contemporary British Rewritings of Ancient Tragedies
Maria Elena Capitani
Living and Working in Tepantor: Understanding Political Theatre and the Community
Bodies Without Organs and Organs Without Bodies: The Maltese Experience of Creating National Theatres
PART III: 'Glocal' Representations of Theatre Communities
Local and Global Stages: Translating Communities in Hybrid Cultural Spaces
The Economic Communities of the Edinburgh August Festivals: An Exclusive 'Global Sense of Place' and an Inclusive 'Local Sense of Space'
Strategies of Empowerment: Postmigrant Theatre at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse
PART IV: Creative Encounters: Changing Ecologies
Community and Ownership: Uncovering New Voices at the Royal Court Theatre
Mark O'Thomas in conversation with Vicky Featherstone
UrbanDig Project: Theatre for Neighbourhoods
Zoe Zontou in conversation with George Sachinis
Community Theatre as Political Theatre: Towards a New Political Theatre Practice
Marius Bogdan Tudor and Ionuț Sociu in conversation with David Schwartz
PART V: Emerging Practices: Connecting Through the Digital and the Verbatim
New Technologies for a New Audience? Using Transmedia Storytelling towards a New Experience Design Form
Manipulation of Reality Through an Interactive Game: Remote X as an Example of New Modes of Spectatorship
Feeding Back: Verbatim Theatre and/as Communal Practice
Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca
Notes on Contributors