publication . Article . 2015

Gestures of Resistance between the Street and the Theatre: Documentary Theatre in Egypt and Laila Soliman’s No Time for Art

Hussein, Nesreen;
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  • Published: 03 Aug 2015 Journal: Contemporary Theatre Review, volume 25, pages 357-370 (issn: 1048-6801, eissn: 1477-2264, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Mauritius
Abstract
In this article, I explore a direction in contemporary theatre in Egypt that emerged since the 25 January revolution in 2011 and that employed the immediacy of documentary form as a response to political change, unrest and repression, seeing in documentary theatre a mode of resistance that intervenes in hegemonic discourse. Through extending Peter Weiss’s ideas on documentary theatre and its relationship to political protest, I show how the work explored attempts to extend the struggle on the street, occupying a liminal position between the performance space and the public space, instituting a dialogic relationship between performance and audience as active co-p...
Subjects
free text keywords: Visual Arts and Performing Arts, Literature, business.industry, business, Sociology, Dialogic, Political theatre, Liminality, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Performance art, Public space, Theatre studies, Theatre director, Politics
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