Carnivalesque realpolitik is a term that appears to have been coined by Naomi Klein in her review of Beautiful Trouble’s Toolkit. It describes the emerging development of more creative means of protest and distribution of political messages.
This isn’t entirely new, you’ll all have your favourite songs with political lyrics.
Dance has often explored issues relating to sexual politics, but reaches into other social issues, social attitudes to death, the Iraq war and environmentalism, for example Siobhan Davies’ Endangered Species was choreographed in response to her participation in an expedition to the Arctic.
Below is the first in a trilogy about our “Tug-of-war with the wilderness”
Animators have also entered the political arena:
Flash mobs, once taking over train stations with the Sound of Music, are stretching their emotional and political impact.
And who’d have thought that knitting and crochet would become political?
I hope this selection has excited the neural networks and has you thinking creatively about community action!