Wigbertson Julian Isenia

The Quesiton of Dutch Politics as a Matter of Theatre, page 27 - 44

Theatre and Performance after the 2008 Financial Crisis

1. Edition 2017, ISBN print: 978-3-8288-4052-2, ISBN online: 978-3-8288-6877-9, https://doi.org/10.5771/9783828868779-27

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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| 27 2 DIAGNOSING A POLITICAL MALAISE 2.1. The 2010 Dutch general election and its aftermaths 28 | | 29 2.1.1 The Binnenhof deliberations 30 | 2.1.2 The coalition agreement | 31 32 | 2.1.3 The Catshuis deliberations | 33 34 | | 35 2.2 Why post-democracy? 2.2.1 The Dutch Polder Model and the idea of governmentality 36 | | 37 2.2.2 The trivialisation of politics: is it the media? 38 | | 39 40 | 2.2.3 Active citizenship, participation society and apathy | 41 2.3 The theatricalisation of politics. What theatre? 42 | | 43

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Starting from the notion of ‘post-democracy’ elaborated by Colin Crouch, which indicates an increasing tendency towards the deterioration of democratic principles and the narrowing of the public sphere, this book explores how, in the Dutch context, this process is influenced by theatre and performance practice, art policy and governmental action. It points out that, within discourses of post-democracy, aspects of depoliticisation are commonly assessed through theatrical concepts such as spectacle, play, game and theatre. At the same time, this work argues by an analysis of three performances, ‘Wijksafari Utrecht’ by Adelheid Roosen, a political protest by Quinsy Gario, and ‘Labyrinth’ by the refugee group ‘We are Here Cooperative’, that there might be a role for theatre in this age of depoliticisation. It proposes to scrutinise, based on the writings of Samuel Weber, a paradox of theatre. Namely, while concepts of theatre are applied to convey disapproval of government and politics, theatre has a possible emancipatory character to dispute the given order.