“According to the Brechtian paradigm, theatrical mediation makes [spectators] conscious of the social situation…”

“According to the Brechtian paradigm, theatrical mediation makes [spectators] conscious of the social situation that gives rise to it and desirous of acting in order to transform it. According to Artaud’s logic, it makes them abandon their position as spectators: rather than being placed in front of a spectacle, they are surrounded by the performance, drawn into the circle of action that restores their collective energy. In both cases, theatre is presented as a mediation striving for its own abolition.” (8)

Jacques Ranciere, The Emancipated Spectator