University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Location of Thesis Examination

Room 4185 Support Services Building

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Program

Hispanic Studies

Supervisor

Juan Luis Suárez

Abstract

The development of a spectacular theatricality that may reflect the aesthetics of a neobaroque society is the outcome of a long process. As any complex system, theatricality endures thanks to its ability to adapt and being resilient. Factors like globalization, research, scientific aproach and risk management have been needed for the theatricality to reach the level we enjoy now. The 3 cases I analyze here (Cirque du Soleil, Robert Lepage and La Fura dels Baus) are good samples of the state of art of the 21st century theatricality and give us an idea where this human expression could be going in the future.