Back to Back Theatre’s ‘Ganesh versus the Third Reich’: Politics, representation and response
Grehan, H., Eckersall, P., Gladwin, B. and Nash, A. (2012) Back to Back Theatre’s ‘Ganesh versus the Third Reich’: Politics, representation and response. In: PSi#18: Performance:Culture:History, 27 June - 1 July 2012, University of Leeds, Leeds, England.
This panel considers the work of the Australian contemporary performance company Back to Back Theatre within the context of the conference theme of ‘cultural articulations’. We will address the ways in which religious objections to Ganesh versus the Third Reich were entwined with questions about the economic impact of these objections in attempts to censor and control the work.
Helena Grehan’s paper will analyse the production Ganesh versus the Third Reich in terms of the ethical, political and social questions the work engenders. Peter Eckersall’s 'Theatre Love' The paper considers some of the possible ways that reading Back to Back’s theatre might respond to the current wave of a politics where opposition is an end in itself, whereas the idea of ‘taking sides’ requires a radical appreciation of the other. The third element is a roundtable discussion/interview with Bruce Gladwin (Director of Back to Back Theatre) and Alice Nash (Executive Producer Back to Back Theatre)
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