Afterword
in Acts and apparitions
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on concepts discussed in this book. The book focuses on the potentially totalising narrative of radicalism that has long been applied to performance practices that seek to challenge the dramatic model of theatre. The poststructuralist imperative demands a radical practice that is not based on the reification of its own conclusions, but on a self-reflexivity that can serve to always and already destabilise its own manifestations of authority, wherever these might lie. The forms and methods of resistance need to be constantly in transition, in performance as in all other aspects of cultural and political life, to maintain their potential to counteract the influence of the spectacle of global capital. For those who have previously dismissed either the notion of radical poststructuralism or the notion of radical dramatic practice, the book suggests where the possibilities of both might lie.

Acts and apparitions

Discourses on the real in performance practice and theory, 1990–2010

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