Identities, Otherness, and Emancipation in Theatre of the Oppressed

Authored by: Julian Boal , José Soeiro

The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138291027
eBook ISBN: 9781315265704
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315265704-11

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Abstract

Benjamin Constant, a writer and politician of the French Revolution, had a beautiful definition of what a political revolution is: the moment when no statesman can tell a citizen, “mind your own business,” because all matters became those of all. 1 This lack of specialization, this fundamental democratic aspiration, this breaking of the monopoly of politics by professionals, is at the origin of many of the emancipatory projects of modernity. It is a similar impulse that underlies Theatre of the Oppressed and the idea of a radical democratization of the means of symbolic production of reality. When Boal states that “[e]veryone can do theater: even actors,” 2 it is this aspiration that he carries not only for the theatre but for society itself.

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