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    Augusto Boal and Bertolt Brecht are two performance theorists who have two very different perspectives on theatre. Brecht used his experience of a Marxist to influence his idea of “epic theatre” to stir the will of action in its audience. Boal believed it to be detrimental for a play’s audience to have an emotional understanding of the characters and the effects the play have on said characters. I am curious about how the theories of Boal and Brecht apply to Tokyo Fish Story which was written by Kimber Lee and directed by Kristen Brandt. Through this paper, I will be discussing how I believe Boal and Brecht would both view the production of Tokyo Fish Story and its various performance elements. Boal and Brecht would have strong opinions about the Mr. Koji’s monologues. Koji has multiple instances where he speaks in monologues to the audience (Lee, 2016). He is often not addressing anyone in particular. However, there were moments where it could be interpreted that he is addressing his son as well as the audience. When he is looking at the blue fish tuna at the beginning of the production, he says how they are too young. He looks into the audience and states that they need to consume “many more calendars”. Brecht would applaud the choice of having the monologues address the audience. This…

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    Dewey's Pedagogy

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    philosophy is to establish an equalitarian relationship with my students based on mutual respect and genuine appreciation for each other. Such relationship will challenge the traditional power relations where the school can act as an oppressing entity. In addition, I must recognize and value my students’ reality instead of imposing mine, since reality itself as a relative concept. In order to cultivate a positive and sincere relation, I must also commit to learning from my students and keeping…

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    Is perfection an imaginary ideal, or does it really exist? In many cases, perfection is perceptive; it depends on how one discerns the idea of it. Some may argue that perfection is nonexistent, all things will eventually fall short of its goals, and that nothing is without flaws. On the contrary, some may argue that perfection is a scarce form of existence that only few entities attain. In the case of Chile, perfection existed in one of the most unexpected forms; Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.…

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    One of the defining moments in Chile’s history was the fight for change for the working class against the Chilean government during the 1970s. In the midst of an upsurge of worker militancy, the 1970 presidential election was taking place. Running was Salvador Allende who represented the common people of Chile. Allende led the left-wing coalition Popular Unity (UP) and for many Chilean workers, the UP government embodied their aspirations for a better life. In Peter Winn’s book, Weavers of…

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    Dorfman once said, “Heads of states do not have impunity for those things they have done in crimes against humanity. Humanity can judge them for what they did against us all.” Augusto Pinochet was a Chilean general, politician and the military ruler of Chile between 1973 to 1990. He remained the Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army until 1998. Augusto Pinochet was born on November 25, 1995 and passed away on December 10, 2006. Throughout the major events, effects on society and turning points…

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    In Chile, like Argentina, the country used ISI before the military take over in 1973. The election of Allende in 1970 began a shift towards political and economic socialism in the country without the support of the people. Some of his reforms concerned land distribution, the nationalization of industry and the expansion of social welfare. The Pinochet dictatorship did not implement neoliberal reforms until the late 1970s even as the country was experiencing hardship due to a decrease in oil…

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    The movie, Allende en Su Labertino (Allende and His Maze), was written by the Chilean film director and writer, Miguel Littin. Littin was born in the 1940s, was a supporter of Salvador Allende’s regime, and was exiled soon after the assassination of Allende during the rise in power of dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile during his military coup of the country. Littin is also known for his other films, such as one relevant to this same historical subject is Dawson Isla 10 from 2009 which was a…

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    Democracy In Chile

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    done by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) asked ¿Hasta qué punto tiene confianza usted en los partidos políticos? (To what extent do you trust the political parties). In 2006 the percentage of people who do not trust political parties was 21 percent. This number decreased in 2008 to 20 percent, however, in 2010 the percentage increased to 27 percent (LAPOP 2016). This data is important because it shows a decline in the quality of democracy. It people do not trust the political…

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    wanted the Chilean economy to ‘scream’ (286). The United States also donated funds to the political opposition, as well as the anti-Allende media (286). The external intervention in Chile’s democracy began to take a toll on Allende The support for Allende crumbled as the economy stagnated through internal mismanagement and external forces hindering their progress. The economy was under heavy inflation and an overvalued exchange rate brought more imports but Chile could not export as much…

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    still controls exchange rates and monetary values? In Chile, economic liberalization in the form of deregulation, privatization, and trade liberalization is what allowed for rapid economic improvement and development after the fall of socialism. Furthermore, Chile’s recent economic performance can be contrasted to that of Argentina, which has one of the strongest economies in South America but has been unable to develop as quickly and impressively as Chile because it did not follow the path of…

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