Book Launch : Resetting The Stage, by Dragan Klaić
Dragan Klaić’s last book, Resetting the Stage: Public Theatre Between Market and Democracy, has been published posthumously by Intellect books, edited by Katarina Pejović and Rudy Englander. It is a look at the current evolutions in theatre, the changing role of theatre and of the concept of how theatre is supported in society. IETM, the Flemish Theatre Institute and the Netherlands Theatre Institute are extremely pleased to have been able to support its publication.
Commercial theatre is thriving across Europe, while public theatre has suffered under changing patterns of cultural consumption—as well as sharp reductions in government subsidies for the arts. At a time when the rationale behind these subsidies is being widely re-examined, it has never been more important for public theatre to demonstrate its continued merit. In Resetting the Stage, Dragan Klaić argues convincingly that, in an increasingly crowded market of cultural goods, public theatre is best served not by imitating its much larger commercial counterpart, but by asserting its artistic distinctiveness and the considerable benefit this confers on the public.