Olivier Neveux teaches the history and aesthetics of theater at the National School of Lyon. He publishes Against the political theater (1). This essay is a logical follow-up to its Spectator Policy (La Découverte, 2013). Nourished by an infinity of reflections led on the slope of the dialectic, he sift through the consequences of the sentence "Everything is political", once otherwise meaningful, on the status and the future of the public theater "by neoliberal weather ". The report is unstoppable. The author, endowed with a kind of imparious philosophical irony, examines the latent and increasingly manifest project of a state less and less a donor, who helps artists to "create living together" and to talk about the world The theater is thus officially summoned "to become involved in reality", to "document it, even to criticize it", for him to heal the wounds for purposes properly political. As a result, "the theater must take part in national reconciliation, carry Western values high, attest freedom of expression, sow doubts and questions but also demonstrate that our repressive Republic is still experiencing some ostentatious critical pockets".
If he puts forward striking examples of this ideological drift, Olivier Neveux does not hesitate to mention some salient counterexamples (provided inter alia by Milo Rau, Maguy Marin, Adeline Rosenstein …). Is it not time, indeed, that the art, the theater therefore, seizes unsuspected radicalities in order to participate, with its own means, in the movement which works for the abolition of the persistent order? Our short review can not account for the cutting relevance of this essay, supported by lively thoughts (Bensaïd, Rancière, Philip Ivernel, Walter Benjamin, etc.), composed in a language never poisoned in a dogma, always alert, which even the part of the dream, utopia, thus renewing, at the same time, without striking a blow, with a radical thought of politics and theater, thanks to which the one and the other, finally in all gravity essential, would recover the burning reality that is not about to go out.
For Olivier Neveux, this book stands "against what neutralizes theater and politics in the conformity of their alliance". Which act.
"Theater and politics in the conformism of their alliance. "