The Third Volume in the series Communication Processes engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication—exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations, and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as ‘elite and popular’ or ‘dominant and subaltern’—establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation, and possibly conflict.
Chapter 13: Action Theatre in Belgium*
Action Theatre in Belgium*
The Action Theatre movement vindicates the following ideas:
- Each human being should be able to create their part in culture. It is especially a right for the poor, the marginalized, the exploited people to: (a) be creative with their own history, their disadvantages, even their tragedy; and (b) imagine words, forms and artistic proposals meant to display and analyze their situation. In order to change the world, we have to grasp it with our mind.
- The art that we use is dramatic expression with no limitations on style or form (whether traditional and classical, contemporary or mixed, indoors or outdoors in the street, and so on), but we retain only those styles and forms that are imagined, created ...