The Political Dimension of Virtuality in Dramatic Theatre: Diachronic and Synchronic Challenges - Eleni Timplalexi - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Comunicazioni Sociali Vita e Pensiero

The Political Dimension of Virtuality in Dramatic Theatre: Diachronic and Synchronic Challenges

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journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2021 - 3. Theatres and Politics Today Lights and Shadows of a Long Relationship
title The Political Dimension of Virtuality in Dramatic Theatre: Diachronic and Synchronic Challenges
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 02-2022
doi 10.26350/001200_000139
issn 0392-8667 (print) | 1827-7969 (digital)
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A stagnation in the relationship between theatre and politics, now partly attributed to the pandemic rupture, was already diagnosed a few decades ago. What was wrong with theatre and politics before the pandemic and what has  gone wrong during the pandemic? In the article, it is argued that the departure of postdramatic theatre from drama and its appropriation of some of the characteristics of the 60s/70s political performance bears important  responsibility. The key notion of ‘virtuality’, not as a property of the iconic digital but of the ‘virtual’ as ‘potential’ is introduced. Fictional possible worlds of drama are contemplated as offering multiple layers of virtuality by  addressing and cultivating unique cognitive mechanisms which tend to be neglected or completely absent in postdramatic theatre. This tendency is said to endanger the political dimension of theatre performance. Furthermore, the massive  online production of performances during the pandemic is discussed, in tune with some of the challenges emerging, such as political correctness.

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Dramatic theatre; postdramatic theatre; 60s/70s political performance; virtuality; fictional possible worlds; theatre politics; video theatre; political correctness.

Author biography

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens ‒ elentimple@media.uoa.gr.

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