Performing Human Rights During The War On Terror: Great Small Works’ Rising Tide Parade


  • John Bell Universidade de Connecticut (EUA)



In the spring of 2006, Great Small Works was commissioned by the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to make an art parade to kick off the River to River Festival, a summer-long series of concerts and performances whose goal, it seems to me, was to bring back a sense of lively public culture to the still-traumatized environs of 2001’s “Ground Zero.” While previous years’ parades had been collections of New York City artists’ processional sculptures, we decided to make our River to River parade a street theater event, a politically themed meditation on rivers, streets, and the dynamics of power in communities faced with transformation and change. In this, of course, we were following the kinds of traditions which Bread and Puppet Theater, Welfare State International, and other groups in the seventies had pursued; as well as the rich processional traditions of the 1920s and 30s; centuries of outrageous carnival street performance, Renaissance outdoor spectacle; and even the origins of Greek tragedy in the wheel-mounted processional boats – the carre navalis – which some have considered the roots of European carnival.


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Biografia do Autor

John Bell, Universidade de Connecticut (EUA)

Doutor em História do Teatro pela Universidade de Columbia - New York, com pesquisa sobre Teatro de Animação. É marionetista e iniciou suas atividades artísticas com o Bread and Puppet Theater. Atua no Center for Advanced Visual Studies do Massachusetts Institute of Technology; diretor do Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry e fundador do Great Small Works (www.gretsmallworks. org), grupo de teatro do Brooklyn, New York. Publicou o livro American Puppet Modernism pela Palgrave/Macmillan em 2008. 




Como Citar

BELL, John. Performing Human Rights During The War On Terror: Great Small Works’ Rising Tide Parade. Móin-Móin - Revista de Estudos sobre Teatro de Formas Animadas, Florianópolis, v. 1, n. 05, p. 119–127, 2018. DOI: 10.5965/2595034701052008119. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 maio. 2024.