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Chapter 22 A Holy Week Carnival, The Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogotá

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-55-5-3025

ISBN: 978-1-910158-55-5

Published: February 2016

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Published in: Focus on World Festivals

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-910158-55-5-2822



This chapter explores the entangled relations of a contemporary and post- traditional festival with a much older festive substrate associated with Holy Week and Carnival. In this sense it is not intended as a systematic study of the Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogotá (ITFB), much less as a summary of its more than two decade long history. My more modest goal is to read this festival as a material and rhetorical dispositif arising in response to a social crisis (Castro Gómez, 2011), closely related to what I have called elsewhere regimes of festive alteration (Vignolo, 2015: 138-159): 1 The fiesta-bonanza, distinguished by excess and associated with human, territorial, and resource exploitation on the frontier of capitalist expansion (Braudel, 2002; Taussig, 1980: xii). 2 the fiesta-revolution, dominated by the trope of inversion and aiming to undermine the status quo, disrupt the social order, and scramble established dichotomies (Bakhtin, 1984; Eco, 1984). 3 The fiesta-passion, where the ritual sacrifice of a savior figure provides the community with a chance to separate from the conflicts that threaten its unity, through the trope of transfiguration. (Girard 1977; Esposito, 2003). Intertwined, superimposed, and interarticulated, they encompass practically all the festive events of the last 30 years in Colombia, it would be possible to trace their genealogy back to colonial times (Vignolo, 2015: 139).

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Vignolo, P. (2016) "Chapter 22 A Holy Week Carnival, The Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogotá" In: Newbold, C. & Jordan, J. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-910158-55-5-3025


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