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Crisis in the Making: Public Theatre, Migration and Activist Aesthetics

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journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2019 - 1. Playing Inclusion
title Crisis in the Making: Public Theatre, Migration and Activist Aesthetics
author
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
language English
online since 05-2019
doi 001200_000042
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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This article is concerned with the European public theatre system’s relationship with migration. Focusing on the Portuguese theatre landscape and especially Lisbon, the essay will map some of the major issues regarding theatre and migration today, identifying both systemic failures and structural and aesthetic shifts in the public theatres’ engagement with migrant communities. Contemporary performative approaches will be surveyed with a special emphasis on initiatives that go against crisis narratives and position migration as a structural component of society rather than a temporary challenge. The article proposes a shift from aesthesized theatre practices towards activist aesthetics, a politically responsive, participatory and durational practice that would not only introduce counter narratives on migration, but it would be instrumental in re-thinking our national cultural, literary and theatrical canons.

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Migrant theatre; public theatre ecologies; migratory aesthetics; activism; Lisbon

Author biography

szabolcs.musca@campus.ul.pt

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