chapter  9
15 Pages

Dagoll Dagom’s No hablaré en clase, a postdramatic response to Francoism

WithDavid Rodríguez-Solás

This chapter assesses post dramatic theatre of the Spanish transition to democracy with tools that facilitate its ideological reading. A popular narration of the end of Francisco Franco's dictatorship in Spain acknowledges that while the dictator died peacefully in bed, Francoism had to be defeated on the street. Artistic manifestations played a fundamental role in the construction of a democratic culture and in raising public awareness of the shortcomings of the political transition. Interestingly, theatre is regarded as a minority practice and pushed to the margins by hegemonic discourses that study post-Francoist cultural production favouring media consumption as the most relevant one to understand the transition. No hablare en clase reveals new oppositional forms to fight Franco's legacy from the realm of the performance. Dagoll Dagom's practices reproduce the creative process of independent companies in Spain in the 1960s and 1970s.