Playing with the Crisis. San Francisco by De warme Winkel as Intersection of Cultural Politics and Aesthetics

Schappach, Beate (28 April 2018). Playing with the Crisis. San Francisco by De warme Winkel as Intersection of Cultural Politics and Aesthetics (Unpublished). In: Systemic Crisis in European Theatre. Goethe Institut London. 27. und 28. April 2018.

In the context of the financial crisis in 2007/08 and the eurozone crisis in 2010, the government of the Netherlands cut subsidies for cultural organisations by 25 percent in 2013. As a result, many dance and theatre companies, orchestras, and galleries disappeared. As a reaction, the Dutch theatre company De warme Winkel produced the performance “San Francisco” in 2014. The show takes the austerity measures as a starting point: An empty stage. Two performers. They apologise for the fact that the show cannot take place. Due to the financial reorganisation of the Netherland’s cultural sector they had to spend all resources on subsidy applications and, therefore, there was no time and energy left for rehearsals. The performers describe what would have been on stage tonight. As they get more and more carried away by their own imagination the acting becomes more complex and the pictures become more vivid. The paper sheds light on how the show reflects on the economic crisis. By analysing the dramaturgy and the aesthetics of the performance the paper discusses two hypotheses: 1. “San Francisco” presents theatre in the nude. What is left when everything that costs money is taken away is pure playing. Playing appears as driving force of theatre keeping it alive in changing political, economic and social environments. 2. Playing is presented as a practice of resistance as well as a resource for social imagination.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Theater Studies

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Schappach, Beate


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Beate Schappach

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03 Jun 2019 11:46

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03 Jun 2019 11:46

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Theaterspiel, Strukturfigur, Rudolf Münz, Theatralitätsgefüge, Performance, Aufführungsanalyse, Kulturpolitik, Kulturförderung, Subventionen, Finanzkrise, Performance Analysis, cultural politics, subsidies, financial crisis, Eurozone crisis


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