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The Fragile Stage: Public Service in Theatre as a Track to “The Good Life”

In: Slovenské divadlo, vol. 71, no. 3
Jan Motal
Rok, strany: 2023, 293 - 307
Jazyk: eng
Kľúčové slová:
public service, public interest, theatre, Czech theatre, economic crisis, good life, counterpublics, democratic dialogue, inclusion
Typ článku: štúdia
Typ dokumentu: štúdia
O článku:
This article explores the concept of public service and public interest. Drawing on the philosophies of Martha Nussbaum, Virginia Held, and Nancy Fraser, the presented text contests traditional political-economic and cultivation theories that emphasize efficiency, performance, and perfection. Instead, it posits an approach that integrates human vulnerability as a valuable aspect of the “good life,” thereby fostering a richer understanding of public interest. It criticises the exclusive and perfection-focused narratives, proposing inclusive “counterpublics” that recognize and value diverse community interests. The 2018 performance of Frljić’s “Our Violence, Your Violence” in Brno, CZ provides a tangible illustration of these concepts, showcasing how theatre can function as a democratic platform for dialogue or fail in this mission due to paternalism. The article concludes with a call to reimagine public service in theatre to encourage democratic decision-making, appreciate human vulnerabilities, and foster dialogue and inclusion.
Ako citovať:
ISO 690:
Motal, J. 2023. The Fragile Stage: Public Service in Theatre as a Track to “The Good Life”. In Slovenské divadlo, vol. 71, no.3, pp. 293-307. 0037-699X. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/sd-2023-0021

Motal, J. (2023). The Fragile Stage: Public Service in Theatre as a Track to “The Good Life”. Slovenské divadlo, 71(3), 293-307. 0037-699X. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/sd-2023-0021
O vydaní:
Vydavateľ: Ústav divadelnej a filmovej vedy CVU SAV
Publikované: 30. 9. 2023
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