Stages of Conflict:
Theatre in Latin America
16th Century to the present

Taught by
Diana Taylor
Department of Spanish &
Department of Performance Studies
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Fax: 1.212.995.4571

Office Hours:
Wednesday 2 - 4pm (and by apt.)

Graduate Assistant
Alissa Cardone

Course #H42.2381.001
Spring 2003

Monday 4 - 6pm

Class Meets @ 721 Broadway
Room 636

Course Description

This course examines the use of performance - by the State, by oppositional groups, and by theatre and performance practitioners - to solidify or challenge structures of power. The course looks at specific examples of how theatre and public spectacles have been used since the 1960s to control or contest the political stage. Starting with the climactic moment of the Cuban revolution, we examine how Latin American playwrights (Enrique Buenaventura, Emilio Carballido, José Triana, Augusto Boal) and collective theatre groups (Yuyachkani, T.E.C.) struggled to transform theatre from an instrument of colonial oppression into an oppositional, at times revolutionary, "theatre of the oppressed." We then look at the military dictatorships of the 1970s-80s, during which Latin American playwrights, performers, and political actors responded to political violence (Teatro Abierto, Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Griselda Gambaro, Eduardo Pavlovsky). In the 1980s and 90s the convergence of performance and politics takes many forms - from issues of gender, sexuality and race, to neo-colonialism and globalism - as visible in the practices of playwrights and solo performance artists (Diana Raznovich, Sabina Berman, Jesusa Rodriguez, Denise Stoklos, Astrid Hadad, Petrona de la Cruz Cruz).