For Alain Badiou, theatre--unlike cinema--is the place for the staging of a truly emancipatory collective subject.
In this sense theatre is, of all the arts, the one strictly homologous to politics: both theatre and politics depend on a limited set of texts or statements, collectively enacted by a group of actors or militants, which put a limit on the excessive power of the state.
This explains why the history of theatre has always been inseparable from a history of state repression and censorship.
This definitive collection includes not only Badiou's pamphlet Rhapsody for the Theatre but also essays on Jean-Paul Sartre, on the political destiny of contemporary theatre, and on Badiou's own work as a playwright, as author of the Ahmed Tetralogy.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books
- Publication Date: 28/08/2013
- Category: Theatre studies
- ISBN: 9781781681251
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