The Time We Share

Reflecting on and through Performing Arts—One Introduction, Three Acts, and Two Intermezzos

Edited by Daniel Blanga-Gubbay and Lars Kwakkenbos; With contributions by Jérôme Bel, Romeo Castellucci, André Lepecki, Chantal Mouffe, Gerald Siegmund, and Isabelle Stengers

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February 2, 2016
400 pages, 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
200 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300211771
PB-Paper with Deluxe Flaps

Distributed for Mercatorfonds

Marking the 20th anniversary of Belgium’s Kunstenfestivaldesarts—a major international arts festival—this ambitious book examines a wide range of critical perspectives on two decades of performing arts. The authors look closely at performing arts pieces from around the world to see what critiques and insights they reveal about society. Among the topics that these works address are the dialogue between history and memory, the development of a sense of community, the interplay between fiction and reality, and the fine line between a spectator and a witness. In addition to featuring images of the performances, the book includes texts by the artists themselves, sketches, photos, and writings by prominent figures in the fields of philosophy and sociology. The Time We Share attempts to build a global overview of the relationship between performing arts and society and determine how different performances helped shape international thought surrounding specific issues and ideas. 

Daniel Blanga-Gubbay is a researcher in political philosophy for the arts and teacher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Lars Kwakkenbos is a dramaturg and teacher at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts KASK in Ghent, Belgium.