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dc.contributor.advisorYzereef, Barry
dc.contributor.authorKing, Donovan
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-16T17:06:23Z
dc.date.available2005-08-16T17:06:23Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.citationKing, D. (2004). Optative theatre: a critical theory for challenging oppression and spectacle (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/21016en_US
dc.identifier.isbn0494037989en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/41670
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 251-262en
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this thesis is to develop a powerful new socio-theatrical paradigm for the 21st Century: the optative theatre. Exploring the state of oppression in the new millennium, the shortcomings of standard theatrical paradigms, and explosions in critical discourse and new technology, this thesis proposes that a new activist and user-based theatre is both necessary and desirable in order to overcome the dragooning of theatre, society, and humankind. Drawing primarily from the fields of Cultural and Theatre Studies, especially as they relate to Cultural Resistance and Global Justice, the Situationist notion of Spectacle is examined as an oppressive force that quagmires and devastates the whole of humanity. Critical thinking is provoked regarding human behaviour and dramatic performance on the world stage, and concepts of revolutionary theatre and theatrical revolution are examined in depth as they relate to Spectacle and the liberation of humanity. Based on the concept of counter-hegemonic playing, the highly activist optative theatre is portable, user-friendly, and free. Designed to inspire critical reflection and humanist transformation, optative theatre proposes that by adopting an anti-oppressive foundation to human identity, it is possible to employ theatre activism to challenge oppression in all its forms - by meta-theatrically playing the provocateur, and hence by living in action. With the ability to create instant virtual realities, optative theatre provides both a tool for critical reflection and a theatrical strategy for challenging oppression on personal, cultural, and structural levels of society. Furthermore, as a viral form of theatre, it has the potential to spread rapidly.en
dc.format.extentvi, 262 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.titleOptative theatre: a critical theory for challenging oppression and spectacle
dc.typemaster thesis
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/21016
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Fine Arts
thesis.degree.nameMFA
thesis.degree.disciplineDrama
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.identifier.lccAC1 .T484 2004 K483en
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
ucalgary.thesis.notesUARCen
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ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 1512 520492029


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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.