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    Restaging the future: neoliberalization, theater, and performance in Britain

    Owen, Louise (2023) Restaging the future: neoliberalization, theater, and performance in Britain. Performance Works. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press. ISBN 9780810146044. (In Press)

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    An examination of neoliberal ideology’s ascendance in 1990s and 2000s British politics and society through its effect on state-supported performance practices Post-Thatcher, British cultural politics were shaped by the government’s use of the arts in service of its own social and economic agenda. Restaging the Future: Neoliberalization, Theater, and Performance in Britain interrogates how arts practices and cultural institutions were enmeshed with the particular processes of neoliberalization mobilized at the end of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Louise Owen traces the uneasy entanglement of performance with neoliberalism's marketization of social life. Focusing on this political moment, Owen guides readers through a wide range of performance works crossing multiple forms, genres, and spaces—from European dance tours, to Brazilian favelas, to the streets of Liverpool—attending to their distinct implications for the reenvisioned future in whose wake we now live. Analyzing this array of participatory dance, film, music, public art, and theater projects, Owen uncovers unexpected affinities between community-based, experimental, and avant-garde movements. Restaging the Future provides key historical context for these performances, their negotiations of their political moment, and their themes of insecurity, identity, and inequality, created in a period of profound ideological and socioeconomic change.


    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Neoliberalization, theatre, performance, history, community, cultural policy, cultural politics, cultural value, participatory arts, globalization, political economy, dance, public art, popular music, documentary theatre
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Louise Owen
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 12:51
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:53


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