Performative Models and Physical Fictions: Dialogic Performance as Social Coevolution. A Case for Arcadian Theatre (Modelling the World through Play)

Pavel Drábek



Arcadian Theatre is a concept for performance practice that uses fictional scenarios to engage participants in autotelic play that facilitates intercultural (interepistemological) dialogue. In so doing, the performance models of Arcadian Theatre enable the cultivation of interaction and social coevolution. Drawing on theories of theatre and scenography, theory of models, philosophy (speech act theory), anthropology and social psychology, the article proposes the use of scenographic environments with its created and curated spaces and performance objects to create performative models and physical fictions capable of engendering novel ecologies with their autonomous epistemologies and ethics that build on the affordances of the spaces, objects and social behaviours within the fictional worlds.


theatre theory, models, performative models, play, autotelic play, applied theatre, scenography, intercultural dialogue, epistemology, worlding, cosmopoiesis,Forum Theatre, Arcadian Theatre




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