I see a correlation between the notorious Danish Mohammed caricatures and the European crisis in the way in which art deals with politics – even in theatre.
The problem: Cultural power is the central power in modern Western society. It is very difficult to discuss political matters in this structure; art and politics are opposites, the children of religion and philosophy.
Borne of modern artists, we have become a society that is incapable of action and based on values. This society is collapsing. How can we as theatre professionals abolish the destructive, almighty political force we’ve created?
The short answer: We need to reestablish the aesthetic and abandon the ethical. Art and theatre are not obligated to honor the values of society, nations or religion. Theater only has one obligation: theatre.