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ERIC Number: EJ895196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
"To Be Dutch or Not to Be Turkish, that Is the Question", or, How to Measure the Reception of a Community-Based Play about Living between Cultures
Vuyk, Kees; Poelman, Linda; Cerovecki, Ivana; van Erven, Eugene
Research in Drama Education, v15 n3 p339-359 Aug 2010
In this article, the authors experiment with an interdisciplinary, partly empirical investigation into the reception of a community-based theatre production created by three generations of Turkish migrants in the Netherlands. Although community arts has been experiencing a boom of sorts in the Netherlands and local funding agents increasingly call for evidence, very little empirical research has been done in the low countries so far. Prompted by the assumption that community-based theatre has a stronger effect on spectators who are peers of participant-performers than on relative outsiders, the researchers explore the possibilities and drawbacks of two different kinds of measuring reception of this particular community play. In the first, one of the researchers returned to respondents one year after they first saw the play to verify what impact, if any, still remains. In the second, another more psychologically inclined researcher attempted to find out how Turkish and non-Turkish spectators identified differently with particular characters in the play. These combined investigations lead the authors to conclude that the play was relatively effective in causing (inter-)cultural identification processes and sustained (inter-)cultural learning and that in all this there was a marked difference between Turkish and non-Turkish audiences. They also realise their approach is far from fool proof and call for further fine-tuning instruments for reliably measuring reception and participation in community arts projects. (Contains 4 tables, 5 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands