In the Eye of the Storm: Contemporary Theatre in Barcelona

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Barcelona, the cultural epicenter of Catalunya, is presently experiencing the most dynamic and polemical period in its modern theater history. It is the commanding hub of an energetic theater scene that in recent years has witnessed an exuberant outpouring of new dramatists, a steady crescendo in theater attendance, and a continual increase in the international presence of Catalan directors, playwrights, and companies. The path along which the contemporary Catalan stage has struggled to recover and reconstitute ...

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Overview

Barcelona, the cultural epicenter of Catalunya, is presently experiencing the most dynamic and polemical period in its modern theater history. It is the commanding hub of an energetic theater scene that in recent years has witnessed an exuberant outpouring of new dramatists, a steady crescendo in theater attendance, and a continual increase in the international presence of Catalan directors, playwrights, and companies. The path along which the contemporary Catalan stage has struggled to recover and reconstitute the professional legitimacy and visibility that it lost during the Franco dictatorship has been a complex process. In the Eye of the Storm: Contemporary Theater in Barcelona describes the public and private dramas, crucial moments, and even some of the back stories that have shaped the theatrical life of the city of Barcelona in the aftermath of the dictatorship. It also considers at length several key companies, playwrights, theatrical works, and performances that have contributed in significant ways to the recuperation of the Catalan stage during the democratic period.

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Jennifer Duprey
Feldman's literary and historical analysis is fresh, provocative and absolutely gripping. For all interested in both the cultures of Contemporary Spain, performance and cultural studies, she has written an essential text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611483178
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon G. Feldman is professor of Spanish and Catalan studies at the University of Richmond.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Theater and Barcelona 9

Introduction: A Limitless Theatrical Geography 23

1 From the Political to the Spectacular: Els Joglars 45

2 An Aspiration to the Authentic: La Fura dels Baus 75

3 A Phenomenological Gaze: Josep M. Benet i Jornet 103

4 Theater of Pain: Sergi Belbel 163

5 Theater of Enigma: Lluïsa Cunillé 230

6 European Landscapes: Carles Batlle 254

7 Scenes of Miscommunication: Josep Pere Peyró 288

Epilogue: New Spaces and New Visions 305

Notes 329

Bibliography 358

Index 393

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