Finding the balance: writing and performing ethics in Théâtre du Soleil's 'Le Dernier Caravansérail' (2003)

McEvoy, William (2006) Finding the balance: writing and performing ethics in Théâtre du Soleil's 'Le Dernier Caravansérail' (2003). New Theatre Quarterly, 22 (3). pp. 211-226. ISSN 0266-464X

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Abstract

Theatre du Soleil's latest production, Le Dernier Caravansérail (The Last Caravanserai), staged the stories and experiences of immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from around the world. In this article, William McEvoy argues that the company was motivated both by a political agenda to make migrants more visible and a concern to investigate the ethical implications of its own creative processes. This led to a potential conflict between representing migrants directly on stage and a performance that reflected the company's worries about turning migrants' traumatic narratives into theatre and spectacle. Focusing on the concept of balance in the production, the article shows how Theatre du Soleil presented the ethical negotiations between creative self and represented other through exploring the links between text and performance, writing and the body, and manipulation and resistance.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: William McEvoy
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:41
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015 11:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27438
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