Aesthetics of the Oppressed

Self-criticism and re-foundation of Theatre of the Oppressed

Authored by: Bárbara Santos

The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed

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

Print ISBN: 9781138291027
eBook ISBN: 9781315265704
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For Augusto Boal, the experience of Aesthetics of the Oppressed [Estética do Oprimido], which was performed between 2000 and 2009 with the Center of the Theatre of the Oppressed [CTO] team, represented a true revolution: the re-foundation of the Theatre of the Oppressed. 1 Boal used to say that Aesthetics were present in the arsenal of the method as embryonic essence, indication, and inspiration. After three decades, this essence flourishes and demonstrates the need for self-criticism and reinvention of a method throughout its existence.

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