Wigbertson Julian Isenia

The Quesiton of Dutch Politics as a Matter of Theatre, page 45 - 60

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/10.5771/9783828868779-45

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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| 45 3 THE STATE ASSUMING A MORE CEREMONIAL AND THEATRICAL ROLE 3.1 The inheritance of the Rutte I cabinet 46 | | 47 48 | 3.2 Wijksafari Utrecht by Adelheid Roosen | 49 50 | | 51 3.2.1 Zina Neemt de Wijk 52 | | 53 3.2.2 Wijksafari en Tepito 54 | | 55 3.3 The instrumentalisation of the arts? 56 | (Balkenhol, 2011, p. 139). The ‘Wijkenbeleid’ (Neighbourhood Policy) implemented by the government in 2006, was in itself not a harmless endeavour. The policy was a gentrification plan to (1) replace rental houses with individual home ownership to “deviate the risk of poor (and further | 57 58 | 3.3.1 Recent developments within citizen initiatives and participatory art | 59

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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.