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“What Do We Need History For?” – Hymke Theunissen

On the 16th of December, I was not sitting in my living room and watching my laptop screen. I was not aware of the time or what I was going to make for dinner. Mentally, I was walking somewhere in Cardiff in 1919. I was surrounded by characters of a story formed by the voice…

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“Live-tweeting the Cardiff Riots of 1919” – Polyniki Katrantsioti

An important factor concerning the work of Kyle Legall, Cardiff 1919: Riots Redrawn is that they were never extensively covered in history, despite the fact that they had a detrimental effect on the Welsh population. To further reinforce this lack of historical appreciation comes the fact that the Cardiff Riots are not taught in schools,…

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“Cardiff 1919: Reconstructing Memory” – Soyun Jang

Mike Pearson, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies at Aberystwyth University, has been working with National Theatre Wales and a number of artists to record the race riot that startled Cardiff for four days and night in mid-June 1919 – an event described as a “violent mayhem that left three dead, many in hospital, and buildings…

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“Branching Storytelling and Speculative Realism” – Liang Yue

After watching the registration of Estado Vegetal, the voice of the plant still lingered in my head. The “I can’t move” expression and the resonant voice subtly contrasts the plant’s two properties: still and kinetic. Manuela Infante, the scriptwriter and director of this show, shared her exploration of branching storytelling strategy and speculative realism during…

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Guest blog: “Does she belong here?” – Nicoleta Cîrlig

Does she belong there? An introspection into the concept of nature from the point of view of a child who grew up in an agrarian country’s capital city drawing on Manuela Infante’s Estado Vegetal The idea that nature is a construct and that it might be a scary medium, as I paraphrase how Manuela Infante…

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Guest blog: “If I were a plant, would I…” – Rowan Groes

As of writing this article it has been almost nine months since the first official announcement of a partial lockdown in The Netherlands, due to the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a freelancer in the event industry and a master student at Utrecht University, it has been, as for many others an interesting time. Not…

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“Locally-Sourced, Organic Music” – Hannah Harder

Manuela Infante refers to her play, Estado Vegetal, as performing plant-thinking through polyphonic aesthetics. Being a musician, Infante stresses the importance of rhythmic dialogue as a marker of the plantedness. I am caught on the audibility of plant aesthetics. It is easy to visualize a plant’s physicality, as one can conjure images of roots and…

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“Destabilizing Anthropocentrism in the Theater” – Elena Roznovan

What struck me about Manuela Infante’s Plant Dramaturgy is the structural and processual decisions made to decentralize anthropocentrism so common in the cannon of theater. From the point of view of a playwright and director, Infante pushes the envelope of what theater is while simultaneously using the theater setting as a kind of laboratory in…

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