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Prague Crossroads The New Stage

From the Theatre as Part of Democracy to the Politics of Destruction of Theatre and Democracy


lecture – Svetlana Slapšak

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The event takes place in the upper foyer of the New Stage

My starting point is that the ancient (Athenian) theatre was one of the spaces / institutions of democracy, with all male citizens present. The growth of political theatre in modern times – a slow and turbulent process – shows that the relation between theatre and democracy is long gone, and the blame is not on theatre. We now face a more dangerous threat than censorship: the politics are becoming an obscene, vulgar, grotesque theatre of fools, stealing the last resort of the comedy in ridiculing and criticizing the politics. What politics should theatre invent to prevent the death of theatre and democracy? Why are women the breaking and critical point in all these plans? The referential framework includes Aristophanes’ comedies and some tragedies by other authors, the Medieval fools’ rituals and examples of political theatre today.

In English, without translation; 40-minute lecture will be followed by a discussion.


SVETLANA SLAPŠAK
Svetlana Slapšak was born on January 18, 1948, in Belgrade, Serbia. As a student at the University of Beograd in the late 1960s she was once beaten by the police because of her work for the outspoken satirical student magazine Frontisterion. She eventually graduated with an MA and PhD in Classical Studies and Linguistics. Writer, translator, editor, professor, and activist Svetlana Slapšak faced physical danger as well as legal troubles for her work advocating for human rights peace in her native Serbia. After her retirement Svetlana engaged in literary work along with writing academic books and articles: essays, novels, travelogues, drama, librettos, and she continued translating from Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Latin, French, English, Slovenian and SCB languages. She published more than 80 books, approx. 500 studies and approx. 3,000 essays.

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