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Title: Enrique Buenaventura and Teatro Experimental de Cali : El Acto Rebelde de Hacer Cultura
Author: Cunniffe, Paul A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 3455
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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The thesis charts the development of Enrique Buenaventura and the theatre group Teatro Experimental de Cali (TEC) from their modest beginnings in 1955, operating out of a theatre department in a local arts college, to their rise during the 1960s and 1970s as one of Colombia's, and Latin America's, foremost independent theatre groups linked to the internationally renowned New Theatre Movement. Structured on a methodological approach founded in a semiotic theory that regards the generation of meaning in theatre as historically and culturally determined, this thesis provides a historical contextualisation of the TEC's New Theatre project, identifying the socio-political and cultural influences assimilated in over five decades of dramaturgy and performance. Selected texts and performances from the TEC's repertoire are included as a means of highlighting their developing notions of theatre, which come to revolve around an ever increasing confrontation between dramatic text and the dramaturgy of the actor, known as the theatre of collective creation. Whilst acknowledging the particular historical circumstances that saw collective creation promoted as a paradigm of the socialist revolution, I argue that the TEC's theatre should be viewed as originating from a profound investigation of the tensions between text, performance, and interpretation, rather than as a mere ideological response from the political left during the Cold War era. In doing so I propose a reading of collective creation where a notion of the collective exists not as a denial and homogenisation of the individual but, rather, as a space where the individual is made complete by assuming his or her responsibility in the creation of an authentic popular culture. I aim to portray how the essentially dialectical structure of this theatre - as a synthesis between stage and auditorium - stands as a cultural act of transformation, consciously drawing from its own unique sociocultural and political reality in order to create new cultural horizons.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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