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Classics in the Modern WorldA Democratic Turn?$
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Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.001.0001

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The Silence of Eurydice

The Silence of Eurydice

Case Study for a ‘Topology of Democracy’

(p.245) 18 The Silence of Eurydice
Classics in the Modern World

Dorinda Hulton

Oxford University Press

Areas that are opened up for discussion in this chapter relate to a proposed topology of ‘democracy’ within the field of practice-as-research in performance, in which the project The Silence of Eurydice acts as a case study. The project itself, which took place in Nicosia in Cyprus, the last divided city in Europe, is first outlined. In particular the notion of a ‘new aesthetic’ for creating performance in a conflict zone is explicated as an attempt to democratize not only the subject matter of performance, but also the processes of creating it, and the structural form(s) it might take. Further discussion seeks to place the project within its broader aim, that is, the application of the project’s experiments within the public domain—over a period of time—to invite the reflective and fluid participation of communities from both sides of a conflict zone. Ultimately the project seeks to affect power relations and dialogue at a micro-political level.

Keywords:   conflict, community, performance, dialogue, Cyprus

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