Toward a Topography of Cross-Cultural Theatre Praxis

Lo, Jacqueline and Gilbert, Helen (2002) Toward a Topography of Cross-Cultural Theatre Praxis. The Drama Review, 46 3: 31-53. doi:10.1162/105420402320351468

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Author Lo, Jacqueline
Gilbert, Helen
Title Toward a Topography of Cross-Cultural Theatre Praxis
Journal name The Drama Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1054-2043
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1162/105420402320351468
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 46
Issue 3
Start page 31
End page 53
Place of publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher MIT Press
Language eng
Abstract In this essay we attempt to map out a conceptual framework for analyzing a cluster of related practices subsumed under the broad banner of "cross-cultural theatre". For the purposes of our discussion, cross-cultural theatre encompasses public performance practices characterized by the conjunction of specific cultural resources at the level of narrative content, performance aesthetics, production processes, and/or reception by an interpretive community. The cultural resources at issue may be material or symbolic, taking the form of particular objects or properties, languages, myths, rituals, embodied techniques, training methods, and visual practices - or what James Brandon calls "cultural fragments" (1990:92). Cross-cultural theatre inevitably entails a process of encounter and negotiation between different cultural sensibilities, although the degree to which this is discernible in any performance event will vary considerably depending on the artistic capital brought to a project as well as the location and working processes involved in its development and execution.
Keyword Cross-cultural theatre
Folkloric display
Cultural diversity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
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