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Festival and the City: Performativity of Sexual Acts in Public Spheres

Festival and the City: Performativity of Sexual Acts in Public Spheres AbstractIn this article, we address the perception of sexual activities in performance within public spheres, looking at how they become aesthetic, social and cultural interventions once embodied within performative events (theater street performance, carnival, festival, rave, etc.). As part of our methodology, we study the works of two theater companies, La Fura dels Baus and Teatro Oficina. These companies’ performances in urban contexts, as well as at some festivals and particularly carnivals, become a way of staging sexual acts in public spaces, in opposition to the dominant narrative of sheltering such acts in private, domestic space. We look at how collectiveness and civic spaces become essential elements of this phenomenon, and its relevance in our contemporary reality as an element of subversion of social structures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Festival and the City: Performativity of Sexual Acts in Public Spheres

Festival and the City: Performativity of Sexual Acts in Public Spheres

Architecture and Culture , Volume 6 (3): 15 – Sep 2, 2018

Abstract

AbstractIn this article, we address the perception of sexual activities in performance within public spheres, looking at how they become aesthetic, social and cultural interventions once embodied within performative events (theater street performance, carnival, festival, rave, etc.). As part of our methodology, we study the works of two theater companies, La Fura dels Baus and Teatro Oficina. These companies’ performances in urban contexts, as well as at some festivals and particularly carnivals, become a way of staging sexual acts in public spaces, in opposition to the dominant narrative of sheltering such acts in private, domestic space. We look at how collectiveness and civic spaces become essential elements of this phenomenon, and its relevance in our contemporary reality as an element of subversion of social structures.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2018.1528418
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Abstract

AbstractIn this article, we address the perception of sexual activities in performance within public spheres, looking at how they become aesthetic, social and cultural interventions once embodied within performative events (theater street performance, carnival, festival, rave, etc.). As part of our methodology, we study the works of two theater companies, La Fura dels Baus and Teatro Oficina. These companies’ performances in urban contexts, as well as at some festivals and particularly carnivals, become a way of staging sexual acts in public spaces, in opposition to the dominant narrative of sheltering such acts in private, domestic space. We look at how collectiveness and civic spaces become essential elements of this phenomenon, and its relevance in our contemporary reality as an element of subversion of social structures.

Journal

Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 2, 2018

Keywords: street theater; public space; sexual acts; performativity; public sphere; La Fura dels Baus; Teatro Oficina

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