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“Theatre and democracy in Chile: La Re-sentida’s La imaginación del futuro, or the failure of Utopias”

Gonzalez Ortiz, C. ORCID: (2020) “Theatre and democracy in Chile: La Re-sentida’s La imaginación del futuro, or the failure of Utopias”. In: Aragay, M., Botham, P. and Prado-Pérez, J. R. (eds.) World Political Theatre and Performance. Themes in Theatre, 11. Brill, Leiden, pp. 181-197. ISBN 9789004425804

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This chapter examines the play La imaginación del futuro by Chilean company La Re-sentida, which premiered in Santiago in 2013 during the commemorations of the fortieth anniversary of the 1973 coup d’état. In this production the company made the bold decision to mix past and present by showing President Allende during his last hours on 11 September 1973 working alongside ministers from twenty-first-century Chile, who are trying to save him from the fatal destiny that would befall the country. The plot presents a juxtaposition of periods, but also of ideologies. It confronts Allende’s vision of socialism via democratic means with the post-dictatorship left-wing governments, which appear as representative of Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘liquid modernity’. The essay argues that the work of La Re-sentida epitomises a new generation of Chilean theatre practitioners, whose dramatic language and ideological approaches attempt a clear separation from the previous tradition of political theatre in Chile.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Cultures > Spanish and Hispanic Studies
ID Code:95593
Uncontrolled Keywords:Political Theatre, Chile, History,
Publisher Statement:World Political Theatre and Performance: Theories, Histories, Practices is the second collection of essays to emerge from the Political Performances Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from multiple locations, the book analyses a range of examples – historical and contemporary – of counter-hegemonic theatre and performance.

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