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Théâtre invisible : espaces militarisés et mise en scène d’atmosphères affectives = Invisible Theatre: militarised space and the staging of affective atmospheres

Lovett, L; (2021) Théâtre invisible : espaces militarisés et mise en scène d’atmosphères affectives = Invisible Theatre: militarised space and the staging of affective atmospheres. Ambiances Journal (In press).

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Cet article revisite les circonstances entourant le premier essai enregistré de théâtre invisible du directeur de théâtre basilien Auguste Boal dans un restaurant de Buenos Aire (1972), à la lumière de la théorie d’Anderson (2014) sur les atmosphères affectives et leurs capacités à jouer un rôle médiateur dans la construction de sentiments. S’appuyant sur une recherche de documents d’archives et de représentations, je propose un bilan critique de Restaurant Theatre: The Law, au travers d’une réinterprétation narrative de la représentation ainsi que d’éléments clés concernant cette loi, remettant en question l’affirmation de Boal que la technique agit comme libération sociale face aux forces d’oppression. L’alternative explorée ici est que le théâtre invisible dans la pratique de Boal se développa comme une réaction atmosphérique aux formes militaristes des rencontres urbaines et de manière à infiltrer le sentiment de peur. Cette idée se retrouve dans des confrontations de Boal avec le control affectif caractérisant l’appareil étatique, en tant que prisonnier politique et dissident exilé, ainsi que dans le concept performatif de camouflage. Libéré des oppositions binaires surdéterminantes de l’oppresseur et de l’oppressé, je propose que le théâtre invisible offre aux praticiens cherchant à mettre en scène des atmosphères affectives des opportunités de produire des rencontres et des perceptions transformatives. / This paper revisits the circumstances surrounding Brazilian theatre director, Augusto Boal’s first recorded experiment with Invisible Theatre in a restaurant in Buenos Aires (1972) in light of Anderson’s (2014) theory of affective atmospheres in their capacity to mediate structures of feeling. Drawing on original archival and performance-based research, I advance a critical account of Restaurant Theatre: The Law through a narrative reimagining of the performance and key evidence concerning the law in question that fundamentally challenges Boal’s claims for the technique as a means of social liberation from forces of oppression. The alternative possibility explored here is that Invisible Theatre developed in Boal’s practice as an atmospheric reaction to militaristic forms of urban encounter and a means with which to infiltrate structural feelings of fear. This idea is traced through Boal’s encounters with state apparatus of affective control as a political prisoner and marked dissident in exile, and with the performative concept of camouflage. Freed from the overdetermining binaries of oppressor and oppressed, I suggest Invisible Theatre can open up opportunities for practitioners seeking to stage affective atmospheres to produce transformative encounters and perceptions.

Type: Article
Title: Théâtre invisible : espaces militarisés et mise en scène d’atmosphères affectives = Invisible Theatre: militarised space and the staging of affective atmospheres
Publisher version: https://journals.openedition.org/ambiances/?lang=e...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: atmosphères affectives, structure de sentiments, théâtre invisible, régime militaire, camouflage / affective atmospheres, structures of feeling, Invisible Theatre, Brazilian Military Regime, camouflage
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130215
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