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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
‘White People All Over’: Refugee Performance, Fictional Aesthetics, and Dramaturgies of Alterity-Empathy

Participants in the publication
Graça P. Corrêa (Author)
Dep. História e Filosofia das Ciências
CFCUL - Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Szabolcs Musca (Author)
UNIVERSIDADE DE BRISTOL

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
In the summer of 2017, Graça P. Corrêa and Szabolcs Musca followed the production process of Passajar, an immersive participatory theatre project collaboratively created by four theatre-makers and refugees from Congo, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Zimbabwe. Developed under the curatorship of Portuguese choreographer Madalena Victorino for Festival Todos in Lisbon, this multilingual experimental work focused on representing migrant experiences through a postdramatic artistic gaze. The production refused the forms of testimonial theatre and with it the contradictory role of facilitators, opting instead for a multidimensional fictional aesthetics practice.\nIn this article the authors explore how Passajar performance and dramaturgical processes address difference in actual creative practice; and what are the ‘refugeedom’ aesthetics and ethical affects being generated by working with refugee participants. Similar to a growing number of non-verbatim migrant theatre initiatives, Passajar switched from the real to the fictitious via non-realistic representations and processes of abstraction. Arguably, this practice went against victimhood narratives, but does suspending traditional means of identification and empathy help develop new understandings on migration, or, on the contrary create detachment in audiences? What are the ethical consequences to audiences and refugee participants alike?\nDrawing upon philosophical concepts by Henri Bergson, Baruch Spinoza and Gilles Deleuze, the article examines how they critically contribute towards a discussion of the dramaturgies of alterity and empathy that were deployed in Passajar. By reflecting on both rehearsal process and final production, it reveals the ethical affects of Passajar, as well as transformative alternatives for migrant representation beyond the stage.

Editor(s)
Maria Delgado

Date of Publication
2020-07-02

Institution
CFCUL-Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Where published
Contemporary Theatre Review

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 1048-6801

Address
London, United Kingdom

Publisher
Informa UK Limited

Volume
30
Number
3

Number of pages
14
Starting page
375
Last page
389

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2020.1762580
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2020.1762580

Keywords
Theatre and Philosophy Theatre and Ethics Empathy Studies Dramaturgies of the Real Immersive Performance

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APA
Graça P. Corrêa, Szabolcs Musca, (2020). ‘White People All Over’: Refugee Performance, Fictional Aesthetics, and Dramaturgies of Alterity-Empathy. Contemporary Theatre Review, 30, 375-389. ISSN 1048-6801. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2020.1762580

IEEE
Graça P. Corrêa, Szabolcs Musca, "‘White People All Over’: Refugee Performance, Fictional Aesthetics, and Dramaturgies of Alterity-Empathy" in Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 30, pp. 375-389, 2020. 10.1080/10486801.2020.1762580

BIBTEX
@article{48161, author = {Graça P. Corrêa and Szabolcs Musca}, title = {‘White People All Over’: Refugee Performance, Fictional Aesthetics, and Dramaturgies of Alterity-Empathy}, journal = {Contemporary Theatre Review}, year = 2020, pages = {375-389}, volume = 30 }