By S. Haedicke
Road theatre invades a public house, shakes it up and disappears, however the reminiscence of the disruption haunts the location for audiences who adventure it. This e-book appears to be like at how the dynamic interrelationship of functionality, player and position creates a politicized aesthetic of public house that allows the general public to rehearse democratic practices.
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It is bad for the economy. It is time to stop our shopping. ’ He was followed by his choir in billowing green robes singing ‘stop…stop shopping’. Shoppers followed them, clapping to the music. Within a few minutes of their flamboyant arrival, the mall’s security guards asked them to leave and when the preacher and his choir continued, they surrounded him, roughly grabbed his megaphone, tried to hold him down and silence him, aggressively sought to separate him from the choir who stayed very close, and dispersed the gathering crowds dismissing Reverend Billy as a problem they were dealing with.
The clear boundary between art and non-art was breached, and while these revolutionary utopian ideas were clearly a product of their historical moment, they continue to have an impact on contemporary street performances. Theatrical intervention As I began working on this chapter, I saw Est-ce que le monde sait qu’il me parle? 14 To my surprise, the production seemed to dramatize Situationist ideas about passivity and loss of agency in a society of spectacle. As we wait in the lobby of Confluences (Maison des Arts Urbains) in the twentieth arrondissement in Paris for the start of the show, the audience can wander through an exhibition of hundreds of photographs of signs one sees in a range of public spaces as well as spaces that seem public but actually are privatized, like shopping malls, airports and other places that strangers can gather.
Paris provided both the model for dissent and a cautionary lesson for the authorities. (1998: 18) Daniel Singer, Paris-based correspondent for The Nation during these years who wrote about the events soon after they happened, concurs: ‘The lessons of the May crisis are not only true for France, but extend well beyond French frontiers’ (2000: x). It was only in France that the student protesters were joined by workers nationwide who went on strike with similar, although sometimes more practical, sometimes more ambiguous, demands.