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.
- page 1–12 Titelei/Inhaltsverzeichnis
- page 13–26 1 DUTCH POLITICS AS A MATTER OF THEATRE
- page 27–44 2 DIAGNOSING A POLITICAL MALAISE
- 2.1. The 2010 Dutch general election and its aftermaths
- 2.2 Why post-democracy?
- 2.3 The theatricalisation of politics. What theatre?
- page 45–60 3 THE STATE ASSUMING A MORE CEREMONIAL AND THEATRICAL ROLE
- page 61–76 4 RE-POLITICISING THE PUBLIC SPACE
- page 77–88 5 THE POLITICS OF AESTHETICS AND THE AESTHETICS OF POLITICS
- page 89–94 CONCLUSIONS
- page 95–104 WORKS CITED