Playing with Politics. The Performance “San Francisco” by De warme Winkel as Intersection of Cultural Politics and Aesthetics

Schappach, Beate (6 August 2016). Playing with Politics. The Performance “San Francisco” by De warme Winkel as Intersection of Cultural Politics and Aesthetics. In: Performance Climates. University of Melbourne, Australia. 05.-10.07.2016.

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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 so that there was no time and energy left for rehearsals. They describe what should have been on stage tonight. As they get more and more carried away by their own imagination the acting becomes more complex and the picture becomes more vivid.
The performance “San Francisco” by the Dutch theatre company De warme Winkel is closely connected with the political and economic climate in which it takes place: In 2013 Dutch government cut subsidies for cultural organisations by 50 percent. As a result, many dance and theatre companies, orchestras, and galleries disappeared. “San Franscisco” reflects the political and economic climate in the Netherlands and its effects on theatre-making.
By analysing the performance the paper discusses three hypotheses: 1. “San Francisco” presents theatre in the nude. It shows that it is in fact pure acting that is left when everything that costs money is taken 2. Acting is presented as a practice of resistance. 3. Acting appears as movens of theatre, its driving force, keeping theatre alive in changing political, economic and social environments and climates.

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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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25 Oct 2016 10:02

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25 Oct 2016 10:02

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performance analysis, performance art, aesthetics, politics, dramaturgy, acting




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