From the costuming of judges and legislators to staging of the courtroom, law is performed as much as performance makes and breaks the rules. In this class, we will look more closely at this relationship between performance and law in the work of theorists and in various plays and performance pieces both classic and contemporary. We will study the role of the witness, judge and jury, embodiment, scripting, and affect, as well as how the law operates in alternative forms of law and lawmaking outside of the state, in civil disobedience, and in community tribunals.
Welcome to the class e-zine on Theaters of the Apocalypse, an undergraduate class at the University of California Berkeley. This site brings to culmination a semester-long study on the intersections of performance and transcultural apocalyptic traditions in the American hemisphere.
Starting with the French and the Haitian revolutions of the late 18th century and moving to the Russian, the Mexican and the Cuban Revolutions of the 20th century, this class was concerned with what kinds of theater, dance and arts were happening in relation to these pivotal moments of radical structural change. We also considered the social dramas of revolutionary movements and their constant and ongoing reproduction of history.