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"Everything Has a Fucking Value': Negative Dialectics in the Work of Back to Back Theatre

D. Calvert,

Academic Literature

2016

Back to Back theatre is an Australian ensemble of actors perceived to have learning disabilities. Its international profile has advanced substantially in recent years following touring productions of small metal objects (2005), Food Court (2008), and Ganesh Versus the Third Reich (2011). This article considers each of these productions, along with surrounding discourses, within a reflection on the political significance and formal innovations of the work. Motivated by restless dialectical enquiry, Back to Back's approach to devising and performing is situated within a post-Brechtian lineage that resonates with Adorno's theory of negative dialectics.

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Journal/Publication : Contemporary Theatre Review

Domain/s: Education

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