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Trajectories of transition: Economies and geographies of theatre in contemporary Athens

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In this article, I trace institutional transitions that have framed, produced and hosted theatre in Athens during the last four decades. In doing so, I seek to devise a methodology that examines the city’s changing theatrical landscapes against the backdrop of Metapolitefsi’s trajectories of transition and the post-2010 in-crisis permutations. Subsequently, I pursue a twofold argument: first, I observe the ways in which state subsidies forged theatrical economies that contributed to the shaping of Athens’ geographies; and by focusing on the example of the Onassis Cultural Centre, I propose that a key marker of change is a move towards an ethic of hospitality, concurrent with the systematization of the economies of debt in Greek society.
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Keywords: Athens; Onassis Cultural Centre; debt; hospitality; labour; state subsidies; theatre; transnational citizenship

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Kent

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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  • The Journal of Greek Media & Culture is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a platform for debate and exploration of a wide range of manifestations of media and culture in and about Greece. The journal adopts a broad and inclusive approach to media and culture with reference to film, photography, literature, the visual arts, music, theatre, performance, as well as all forms of electronic media and expressions of popular culture. While providing a forum for the close analysis of cultural formations specific to Greece, JGMC aims to engage with broader methodological and theoretical debates, and situate the Greek case in global, diasporic and transnational contexts.
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