The soil beneath the stage

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©Illias Teirlinck

According to Bruno Latour, the defining cultural-political issue of our time is not the struggle between the Left and the Right, but that between the Local and the Global attractor. In Down to Earth (2017), the philosopher tries to put his finger on a new reference point: the Terrestrial. At the centre of his reflection is the question as to how, in times of global warming and increased migration flows, we can make habitable territories together, beyond splendid isolation and beyond the abysmal globalization impulse. What do his insights mean for the connection between the performing arts and their geographic context? An attempt at coherence.

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