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Playing on and around the Public Square
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology and Performance Studies.
2014 (English)In: Playing Culture: Conventions and Extensions of Performance / [ed] Vicki Ann Cremona, Rikard Hoogland, Gay Morris and Willmar Sauter, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2014, 164-180 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The article investigates the ways in which a public square can interact with its citythrough pre-arranged performances. The site of this study is a square in the middle ofStockholm, Sweden that was constructed in the late 1960s. Four performances thattook place during 2007 and 2009 are studied. All four connected in different wayswith the square. One of the main research questions is whether it is possible toconstruct a square designed to host public events and performances, and what theforemost problems are with a giant square such as Sergels torg. One of theconclusions is that while there is a need of open places in the city, the utilisation ofopen spaces for this purpose is threatened by increasing commercialisation of the city.These questions are discussed with the help of theories about city planning, publicopen space as well as theories of playing and the carnival.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2014. 164-180 p.
, Themes in Theatre: Collective Approaches to Theatre & Performance, ISSN 1871-8736 ; 8
Keyword [en]
Bakhtin, Bateson, Bennett, Goffman, Habermas, Mumford, Sauter, Playing, Public Square.
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Theatre Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98526ISBN: 978-90-420-3790-8ISBN: 9042037903OAI: diva2:684285
Available from: 2014-01-01 Created: 2014-01-07 Last updated: 2014-05-06Bibliographically approved

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