Performance as Counter-memory:

Performance as Counter-memory: Latvian Theatre Makers’ Reflections on National History

  • Zane Radzobe
Keywords: counter-memory, post-memory, discourse, counter-discourse, post-Soviet, performance, documentary theatre, identity

Abstract

The article introduces the topic of Latvian documentary theatre of the second decade of the twenty-first century using Michael Foucault’s concept of counter-memory. The article analyses a series of performances by artists of the Latvian post-Soviet and post-memory generation dealing with history and memory discourses and highlights the main strategies of use of countermemory discourses in the creation of national, cultural, and individual identities; emphasizing memory as a construct and highlighting strategies of its creation and maintenance; emphasizing the oppressive nature of dominant-discourses; a disassociation with the past and memory, both cultural and individual.

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Published
2019-03-13
How to Cite
Radzobe, Z. (2019). Performance as Counter-memory:. Nordic Theatre Studies, 31(1), 92-107. https://doi.org/10.7146/nts.v31i1.113003
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