Apocalipse 1,11 in São Paulo: Aesthetic Vertigo or Exploitation?
University of Exeter
The Drama Review
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)
Performed in an abandoned prison, Apocalipse I, II re-enacts a 1992 massacre at São Paulo's Carandiru prison where 111 prisoners were shot by the military police. But the inclusion of a live sex show and gratuitous violence raises questions. Apocalipse I, II sought to use theatrical coups to politicize its audience. But for Stanton it failed to get beyond its own gleefully explicit transgressions and develop a coherent critical narrative of the state of Brazil that could empower its audience.
Post-print version of article. Reproduced with permission of the publisher. © 2002 MIT Press.
46:4 (T176), 86-100