Stepping Forward: An Exploration of Devised Theatre’s Democratic Designs in an Actor-Training Setting

Stamatiou, Evi (2020) Stepping Forward: An Exploration of Devised Theatre’s Democratic Designs in an Actor-Training Setting. In: International Federation of Theatre Research, Political Performance Working Group, Volume 2. Brill. (In Press)

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Devised theatre offers an alternative set of practices to those used in standard actor-training. It invites participants to explore different forms of authorship and encourages the emergence of different collaboration dynamics and forms of agency. The assumption is that creative decisions are taken after pitching and voting processes. The prioritising of collective interests rather than the expression of individual beliefs counters neoliberal logic. This becomes particularly complex in actor training: the students cannot opt-out from participation when their individual political, religious or moral beliefs are targeted, undermined or ignored by the group. Using methodologies from theatre studies and education, this essay theorises the devised theatre participant as a social and political agent to analyse democratic designs in the actor-training space. It illuminates the trainer’s challenge to protect individual rights within devised theatre processes, within a neoliberal logic that prioritises human and consumer rights over popular sovereignty and voting processes.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2041 Performance studies
Divisions: Departments > Performing Arts
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Depositing User: Evi Stamatiou
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 14:26
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 11:31

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