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Essential theater

The theater shows our own confusion in a confused time. It gives one orienteringsmall for existence, believes the philosopher Alain Badiou.

Alain Badiou: A Praise of Theater. Polity Press, 2015

Badiou_1.inddOn 22 February 2016, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis launched a new democratic movement for the EU. For this launch, he had deliberately chosen the Berlin theater Volksbühne as the setting. He wanted to speak directly to the «space of the people» because the theater stage is a good place to launch a new democratic idea. Maybe he had also chosen the theater because we live in a confused time and because something completely new is about to happen. Whether he has thought of the French philosopher Alain Badiou is not known, but the thought is obvious. "Our confused time is," says Badiou, "first and foremost negative – the feeling that the idea has disappeared." An ingrained nihilism that says we can do without ideas, without orientering and horizon that it is enough to live in the present and cultivate our consumption. . .

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Alexander Carnera
Carnera is a freelance writer living in Copenhagen.

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