Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Free! Theater

I have great doubts about the essential effectiveness of political theater meant to to be staged for a static audience - even more so when the lines between purpose and aesthetic are explicitly marked.  But the case of the Belarus Free Theater, who have been getting a lot of publicity & support for their current U.S. tour, exhibits the possibilities in the greater power of artistic expression as a cause towards social justice.  When they came to Los Angeles in 2009, the work's purpose DID trump its aesthetics, but both felt like they were (nobly) striving to inform the other.

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