Anti-war guerrilla performance
Before I discovered media studies, I was a theater guy – I did a lot of performance, directing, music directing, etc. with an emphasis on political theater. I still miss the direct connection between performer & audience that can occur in a live performance, but I soured on theater because I found that the interesting work that was being done was solely found in the elite spaces of highbrow theater, and that theater had ceased being a form of popular culture accessible to & engaged with most people. My ideal of performance as political didn’t mesh with my experiences working with political theater companies where the only real politics was interpersonal jockeying for position within a troupe.
Perhaps the rise of YouTube can change that, bringing engaging performance to a broader audience. Exhibit A: this excellent anti-war performance on the streets of NYC by Iraq Veterans Against the War – obviously its power would be more profound in person, but as captured & shared video, it still feels present in ways that most performance cannot.
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