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By Brenda Werth (auth.)

Since Argentina's transition to democracy, the expression of human fragility at the degree has taken assorted varieties. This booklet examines the intervention of theatre and function within the reminiscence politics surrounding Argentina's go back to democracy and makes a case for performance's transformative power.

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37 How does the staging of Antígona furiosa complement the law, or compensate for the law’s inadequacy in establishing retroactive justice? Or, do the objectives of the theatrical staging of Argentina’s dictatorial past differ entirely? The state-initiated trial of the generals and artist-envisioned Antígona furiosa share several significant features and objectives. Both offer examples of embodied testimony as framed by legal and theatrical discourse, respectively, and both events require the presence of an audience and draw attention to the role of spectatorship in relation to testimony.

12 The permanent 28 T H E AT R E , P E R F O R M A N C E , AND MEMORY POLITICS actors included six judges, the prosecuting attorney and his alternate to represent the state, and the nine defense lawyers recruited from private firms to represent the nine generals. 13 According to Kaufman, “de algún modo, los actores estables representan al aparato judicial estatal, mientras que los ocasionales corporizan a la sociedad global” [in a certain sense, the permanent actors represent the state judicial apparatus, while the occasional ones embody global society] (10).

114). The arts provide a creative channel for the energy and emotion that could not be invested in the “normal” processes of mourning, contingent upon knowledge of death and burial. Da Silva Catela refers to the “salidas creativas” (creative outlets) that are essential for individuals and society to confront the absence created by disappearance. These creative endeavors, to an extent, “combaten la muerte o al menos la atenúan, la controlan, la tornan reversible, culturalmente modelable, aprehensible” [combat death, or at least attenuate death, control death, make it reversible, culturally malleable, apprehensible] (148).

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