Archive | February 7, 2012

Brecht and the Anti-Casino Circus

On July 4th of 2004, the Pennsylvania state legislature – in a late night decision – past Act 71 that expands gaming laws to include stand-alone slots in two areas of Philadelphia. As a response to the state governments ambitions to bring casinos to Philadelphia, a movement called No Casino Philadelphia was born. For several […]

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Performance Art as the medium of the oppressed

Performance art has been a preferred form of expression for female artists, since it wasn’t an already marked, already established medium by the male artists . Especially in the 60’s and 70’s with the rise of second-wave feminism, performance art has been a genre that answered to these artists’ need for a new apparatus which […]

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Political theatre: verbatim theatre and Dario Fo

Verbatim theatre fills the hole left by the current inadequacy of TV documentary, perished under the tanktracks of reality TV. David Edgar (playwright) As a piece of political theatre The National Theatre production of The Power of Yes by David Hare is, in terms of it’s form, an example what Boal describes as bourgeois “spectacle […]

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“A Rehearsal For Life”

This video was shared in one of my classes and it’s a great application of Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed!  

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A Street With a View and the parade as a Currency of Interruption

As I was reading John Bell’s piece on the Bread and Puppet Theatre, I remembered a project that was shared earlier this week in another class which seems strikingly applicable to the idea of street performance as intervention. The Project, called “A Street With a View” seeks to organize people in public places for rallies […]

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Shen Wei & Performance Art

“The innate politics of any street performance have to do with the definition of the street as a convenience and necessity provided by the state for its citizens.  A parade celebrates the public nature of the entire street, repossessing it (momentarily) from the state and from productive use, redefining it as a performance space, and […]

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Event: Shifters

Another event that you all may be interested in.  Perhaps we can arrange a class visit on Thursday Feb 16th? Shifters proposes new means of engagement with public space in cities as diverse as Guadalajara, Cairo, Novi Sad, and Austin. Like the pronouns “I, you, we,” which shift depending on the person who is speaking, […]

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Augusto Boal -Theater of the Oppressed

George Ikishawa used to say that the bourgeois theater is the finished theater. The bourgeoisie already knows what the world is like, their world, and is able to present images if this complete finished world. The bourgeoisie presents the spectacle. On the other hand, the proletariat and the oppressed classes do not know yet what […]

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Time to Occupy Big Media? | The David and Goliath Project

I came across this interesting article on The David and Goliath Project: http://davidandgoliathproject.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/is-it-time-to-occupy-big-media/ Also check out the project, they encourage submissions from filmmakers, photographers, musicians or artists that would like their work promoted. http://davidandgoliathproject.wordpress.com/about/

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