Book Chapter

Performance in the Biosphere: or, a theatre of things

Edward Paterson

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2019


Drawing on Peter Sloterdijk’s Sphere Trilogy (2013, 2014, 2016), this chapter analyses the Flower Dome biome of Singapore’s ‘Gardens By the Bay’. It argues that the biome is a dramaturgical space that reveals the ways in which the technological, organisational and cultural modes of performance (Mckenzie 2001) are inflected by biological and cellular processes of growth, flow, and disintegration. These interactions are examined as a theatre of things: a dramaturgy of networks, of atmospheres, of actors, and of effects in order to reconstitute the relation between performance and politics.