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In Defense of Theatre (or the trouble with “performance”)

Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 6:30 – 7:30pm

In Defense of Theatre (or the trouble with “performance”)

A public talk by Dr Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento during her Visiting Research Fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub in collaboration with the School of Creative Arts.
Abstract: If the anxiety provoked by its shape-shifting properties lies at the core of the longstanding anti-theatrical prejudice, the antipathy that theater meets with today does not do justice to its history as an art form that has elicited passionate philosophical debates. Sitting at pale reproductions of old aesthetic formulas, audiences forget that the theatrical experience once provoked riots at opening nights. This talk interrogates why some of the most innovative contemporary productions are generally viewed as “performance” rather than “theater.” As it explores the roots of this shift, and the link between historical avant-garde movements and contemporary theatrical forms, this talk hopes to prompt the audience to consider which performances move us today and, maybe principally, why.

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Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
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