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Crossing the Borders. Contemporary Theatre in the Low Countries
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Crossing the Borders. Contemporary Theatre in the Low Countries

(Erwin Jans , Geert Opsomer ) The Low Countries - 1995, № 3, pp. 105-116

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It is the presence of all kinds of borders, and the tendency to cross and re-cross them, from which the constant tensions of cultural identity and place in Dutch and Flemish theatre arise. Identities are anything but constant or pre-given: in fact stable cultural identity is, if anything, undermined by theatre itself. If municipal theatres don't occupy the dominant position in the theatrical landscape of the Low Countries, this is hardly a drawback or even important. It is the turbulence of groups, styles, aesthetics, points of view, technical developments which, on the peripheries of the more traditional centre, encourages new traditions and initiatives to unfold.

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