Affinity between Urban Life and the Theater: A Case Study

By Efrat Shalom.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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This research focuses on the  presence of city-scapes in contemporaneous theatre. City-scapes are defined as urban surroundings, urban landscapes, urban cultural landscapes, etc. and their hermeneutic cycles of meaning.
The paper suggests that the urban surroundings are reflected in the entirety of the theatre( play, plot, stage design, etc), and that this reflection is of utmost importance for the understanding of urban culture in its specificity, and a potential precursor of critical contemplation of architecture and its socio-political function. 
Through an in depth examination of the affinities between the city of Tel-Aviv, and the play “The Bride and the Butterfly Hunter”, by Nissim Aloni , 1967. The paper will show how meta-theatrical tools, together with elements from the contemporanean socio- cultural and socio-political reality were used to create a complex ,stratified and intertextual space. This approach was unique to the Israeli Theater of the time. Furthermore, the paper will reveal how the stratified feature of the theatrical event  challenged the dominant ideology in a time when it seemed unquestionable

Keywords: Urbanscape, Theatre, Critique of Everyday Life

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp.15-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 576.320KB).

Efrat Shalom

Doctorate Student, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, IIT, Haifa, Israel

Ms. Efrat Shalom, currently a doctorate candidate at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T..
Earned an M.F.A with distinction, Tel Aviv University 2007; stage designer in various plays, Israel.