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Dramaturgy, Cultural Policy, Democracy, Chile, Theatre, Performance
This dissertation examines the relationship between performance, cultural policy, and citizenship in Chile (1979-present). Through emblematic case studies of key performance interventions (including the work of the Colectivo Acciones de Arte [CADA], Andrés Pérez, Manuela Infante, and Guillermo Calderón), intertwined with analyses of cultural policy and political discourse, I ask how Chilean performance dramaturgically enacts forms of democratic citizenship—first during Pinochet’s dictatorship as a hoped-for future and later, following the democratic transition, as a present, if incomplete, reality. Responding to the vexed transitions to democracy, scholarship on Latin American theatre and performance has emphasized its resistance to the state. I complicate this formulation by examining how these performances have been shaped by the political and institutional structures contingent to their production and by considering how critical political performance is a category produced, in part, by the state. I therefore develop a model that allows for a more nuanced understanding of the performing arts to politics—one that accounts for an interdependent, sometimes paradoxical, and often mutually constitutive dynamic.
Thompson, Jennifer J., "Dramaturgies of Democracy: Performance, Cultural Policy, and Citizenship in Chile, 1979–Present" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.