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Корабът на глупаците, глобалният театър и театърът в глобалното пространство
The Ship of Fools, Global Theatre аnd Theatre in Global Space

Author(s): Romeo Popiliev
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the dramatic situation of globalization today; unlike comparable trends in the past, now this process is not based on some “grand narrative”, but is subjected to the gamble of the market, the perpetual demand of which for ever urgent reforms very often produces destructive local results, especially in the field of culture, and thus infringes on the freedoms and interests of the individual. The present-day globalization is, in fact, once again aiming at a utopia of the “new man”. However, the speedy communications lead to quick and short-lived results, and this feverish pace and lack of calmness are a challenge to freedom of thought, which does not seem to have the needed space in which to unfold, despite the enormous open space of the world that surrounds it. The author traces certain similarities with the Baroque Age. It seems that, more than ever, the world is a stage, and all the people in it, actors. We are packed into the Net as if on a town square or in a labyrinth – and these are Baroque images. The center, balance, spiritual values, are all lost. More and more, the sense for improvisation is what counts. But unlike in the past, here there is no threat of awakening to reality. Yet the future role of the theatre, in this situation of global virtual theatre and global state of dream, is never- theless growing – not only because it is live communication, but also due to its capacity to transcend its own physical presence, to open a door to the impossible, to go beyond the obliterating waves of the global virtual theatre.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 23-25
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian