Lockdown verses and anxieties of presence: How Polish theatre rhymed a case for its purpose on the pandemic stage?

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Lech, K. 2020. Lockdown verses and anxieties of presence: How Polish theatre rhymed a case for its purpose on the pandemic stage? Critical Stages/Scènes critiques. 22, p. 2020.
AuthorsLech, K.
Abstract

Liveness and co-presence are romanticized in Polish theatre as linked to its status as a platform for performances of Polish freedoms. Therefore, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent decision to close all theatres from March 12, 2020, have created very particular challenges not only to the economic safety and artistic expression of theatre and its artists, but also to its core traditions. The Polish government’s attempts to rewrite the constitution, organize fraud elections and limit women's rights during the lockdown have made the situation even more challenging. This essay discusses how Polish theatre artists used verse form—including Hip-Hop-derived performances—to claim their agency over the new ecologies of theatre-making and engage with socio-political discourses.

KeywordsVerse; Hip Hop; Heteroglossia; Socio-political agency; Polish theatre; COVID-19
Year2020
JournalCritical Stages/Scènes critiques
Journal citation22, p. 2020
PublisherInternational Association of Theatre Critics
Official URLhttp://www.critical-stages.org/22/lockdown-verses-and-anxieties-of-presence-how-polish-theatre-rhymed-a-case-for-its-purpose-on-the-pandemic-stage/
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