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Documentary theatre in twenty-first-century Russia

Since the early 2000s, Russia’s most innovative theatre artists have increasingly taken to incorporating material from real-life events into their performance practice. As the Kremlin’s crackdown on freedom of expression continues to tighten, playwrights and directors are using documentary theatre to create space for public discussion of injustice in the civic sphere and its connections to the country’s twentieth-century past. This book traces the history of documentary theatre’s remarkable growth in Russia since its inception in 1999 and situates the form’s impact within the sociopolitical setting of the Putin years (2000–). It argues that through the practice of performing documents, Russia’s theatre artists are creating a new type of cultural and historical archive that challenges the dominance of state-sponsored media and invites individuals to participate in a collective renegotiation of cultural narratives. Drawing on the author’s previous work as a researcher, producer, and performer of documentary theatre in contemporary Russia, Witness Onstage offers original insight into the nature of the exchange between audience and performance as well as new perspectives on the efficacy of theatre as a venue for civic engagement.

An ‘aesthetics of care’ through aural attention

This chapter reflects on an interdisciplinary practice research project, The Verbatim Formula (TVF), based at Queen Mary University of London, consisting of a series of residential workshops with care-experienced young people using verbatim theatre practices. Drawing on feminist care ethicist Nel Noddings’ analogy between aesthetic engagement and the art of caring, the authors reflect on the shared values and aesthetics of acts of care and participatory practices, and how these inhere in the attentiveneness, attunement and receptivity involved in performing and receiving verbatim material using headphone theatre technique. The chapter incorporates testimonies from its care-experienced co-researchers and draws on Joan Tronto’s argument that there is a radical need for an intervention into the dynamics of power in society that ensure that those for whom the structures of care are least effective are heard and attended to. In acknowledging the ‘ugliness’ of caring and the ongoing labour of attunement, listening emerges in TVF both as an aesthetic but also as a care-based participatory and political practice, that aims to empower care-experienced young people to intervene in the structures that represent them and to support adults to honour their experiences and needs.

in Performing care
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fertile American soil’.12 The Brotherhood belief in the compatibility of religion and sexuality may conceivably have influenced later, alternative religious practices. Research in heterodox religion in modern Scotland is burgeoning, with new work by Michelle Foot on spiritualism in Scottish art and by Michael Shaw on occult and theosophical themes in Scottish cultural nationalism.13 Steven Sutcliffe has emphasised the significant role played by ‘postPresbyterian’ traditions such as spiritualism and theosophy in twentiethcentury Scotland ‘as religious resources for lower

in Sexual progressives
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Tackling the urban through ethnography

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in Realising the city
Integrative concepts for a criminology of mass violence

research common criminological concerns. As such, the phrase ‘criminological research methods’ tends to be something of a misnomer and, in practice, re­searchers use an eclectic range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods drawn from across the social sciences and humanities. Naturally, methods do not exist in the abstract but only in relation to concrete research questions. For the purposes of this section, then, it is proposed that a broad, two-part question suggests itself from the foregoing discussion: (1) Which accounts of moral arousal management best fit

in Human remains and mass violence

Imagination/the intuitive Authenticity Credibility The prior referent Imitation of an action Objectivity Subjectivity Particular truth Essential truth content Data/information Feelings/emotions Current affairs issues ‘Human condition’ issues Public over private Private over public Institutions Individuals practice Research/accuracy Invention/creativity The journalist/researcher The writer/creator Unrehearsed pro-filmic events Rehearsal prior to filming Commentary/statement Dialogue Real-world individual Character Behaviour Acting Exegesis (e.g. captions) Diegesis

in No other way to tell it
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Bearing in mind the tenuous relationship between practice, research and theory to date and difficulties in accurately assessing the transformational impacts of individual projects or, indeed, an individual conflict transformation tool or process, it is in this spirit that the ‘personal’ is utilized. Understanding conflict transformation through social and economic development in

in Transforming conflict through social and economic development

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in Balancing the self

1922.4 Since the 1940s, Race Relations theory and policy has been further developed and internationalised, through the United Nations and within nation-states.5 In the UK the Race Relations approach has been developed through think tanks, research centres, government legislation and national and local government policy.6 The close relationship between Race Relations policy and theory has meant ‘that in practice, researchers have been pulled in a variety of directions, by both political and academic pressures’.7 There has been, for example, political pressure for

in Northern Ireland and the crisis of anti-racism
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evocative form of theatrical recollection. In other words, this book suggests that the practice of theatrical reenactment has, in fact, become an important mode for the enactment of new cultural narratives in twenty-first-century Russian culture. Practice research The transformative capacity of Russian documentary theatre was one element of the practice I observed closely during my time performing in the Joseph Beuys Theatre/Sakharov Center co-production Legacy of Silence between 2010 and 2011. My work in the show gave me a chance to witness the production process, to

in Witness onstage