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Publié le mercredi 25 avril 2018 par Anastasia Giardinelli

Résumé

15 May 1968: the Odeon theatre in Paris is occupied by students and becomes the insurgent headquarters where every night militants recount the days' action in occupied factories to an audience of people camping in the auditorium. Youth rebellion was never as mythologised as that of the French students’ fight against institutional oppression. The effects were felt across the Channel, too – but the nature of those effects was, and remains, disputed. 50 years on… where are we? What remains of autogestion and emancipatory education? What remains of theatre inventiveness and sedition? What remains of a need for participatory audiences? What remains of utopia and dissent?

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Presentation

15 May 1968: the Odeon theatre in Paris is occupied by students and becomes the insurgent headquarters where every night militants recount the days' action in occupied factories to an audience of people camping in the auditorium. 15 June 1968: the Odeon theatre is cleared by the CRS forces, nothing remains but one banderole “solidarité avec les travailleurs en lutte” symbolising the general strike voted in May by theatre practitioners in solidarity with the workers’ struggle. While the May revolt did not radically change workers’ conditions, it perennially inscribed some of the boldness and inventiveness of the 1960s in performing arts upon the French stage: a theatre of bodies rebelling against the established order and inviting the audience to be involved as creative participants and not as mere consumers anymore. The same spirit led to the creation, a year later, of the Centre universitaire expérimental de Vincennes, where students could create their own individualised cross-disciplinary curriculum and were taught by thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze, Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault, Alain Badiou or Hélène Cixous. There were other students protesting against wars or fundamental liberties in other parts of the world at the time, but youth rebellion was never as mythologised as that of the French students’ fight against institutional oppression.

The effects were felt across the Channel, too – but the nature of those effects was, and remains, disputed. It certainly galvanised the growth of a theatrical counter-culture which encompassed agit-prop and T-i-E, community theatre and performance art, childrens’ theatre and the avant-garde. For some, like Catherine Itzin May 1968 was the high point of “a historic year which … clearly marked the end of an era in a historically unprecedented fashion and the beginning of a period of equally unprecedented political consciousness and activism.” Howard Brenton saw it rather differently and much less positively: “May 1968 was crucial…” he said. “[It] disinherited my generation in two ways. First it destroyed any remaining affection for official culture… But it also, secondly, destroyed the notions of personal freedom, anarchist political action. And it failed. It was defeated. A generation dreaming of a beautiful utopia was kicked – kicked awake and not dead. I’ve got to believe not kicked dead. May 68 gave me a desperation I still have.”

50 years on… where are we? What remains of the dream of a possible union of students and workers in protest? What remains of autogestion and emancipatory education? What remains of theatre inventiveness and sedition? What remains of a need for participatory audiences? What remains of utopia and dissent?

Program

Saturday 19th May 2018
LU London (The Broadcast Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, East London)

10.30 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

11.00 WELCOME by Fred Dalmasso

11.15 KEYNOTE 1: Olivier Tonneau - The French Revolution’s Furtive Translations

12.00 PANEL 1
  • Camille Mayer - Youth Utopia and Dissent: Anarchist Theatre in France since 1968
  • Ralph Yarrow - Un Théâtre Hors du Théâtre (Post-68 Paris and the Theatre of the Oppressed)
  • Sarah Thornton - Collective Encounters and the Multiple of Opposition
13.15 LUNCH/INSTALLATIONS
  • Gillian Whiteley - Make Your Own Pamphlet installation
  • Marina Dumont - Dream Purveyor performance installation
14.15 PERFORMANCE
  • Athéna Pruneddu & Odysseas I. Konstantinou - Gilles. Anyone
14.40 PANEL 2
  • David Bell - Musical Improvisation and the Restaging of Utopia(nism)
  • Jennifer Hankin - Locating the Utopic within Contemporary Installation Practice
15.30 KEYNOTE 2: Baz Kershaw - Senseless Acts of Futurity

16.00 COFFEE AND DISCUSSION chaired by Mick Mangan

17.00 END

TO BOOK: https://store.lboro.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/school-of-the-arts-english-and-drama/upcoming-eventssymposiums/stages-of-utopia-and-dissent-50-years-on

For a detailed programme with abstracts, please visit: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/staff-research/research-groups/theatre-and-performance/stages-of-utopia/

Please contact Fred Dalmasso (f.t.j.dalmasso@lboro.ac.uk) for more information.

Lieux

  • Room 1.04 - 3 Lesney Avenue
, The Broadcast Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    Londres, Grande-Bretagne (E15 2GZ)

Dates

  • samedi 19 mai 2018

Mots-clés

  • politique, Mai 68, théâtre, performance, arts visuels, révolution, émancipation, philosophie

Contacts

  • Fred Dalmasso
    courriel : f [dot] t [dot] j [dot] dalmasso [at] lboro [dot] ac [dot] uk

Source de l'information

  • Fred Dalmasso
    courriel : f [dot] t [dot] j [dot] dalmasso [at] lboro [dot] ac [dot] uk

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