Express Yourself: The Value of Theatricality in Soccer

Review by: William A. Harper
By Kenneth Aggerholm

The Big Idea

The author of this study on the nature and significance of the aesthetic aspects of soccer sees theatricality as a “dramatic movement phenomenon in soccer.” This means that common to both theatre and sport is human expression, pure and simple. Maybe at first glance the reader may think only of the historical negativity of connecting theatre to sport; namely the unfortunate remembering of athletes playing to the crowd or the referee, or preoccupation with the exaggerations, overdoing for effect, and the artificial and melodramatic. In other words, when sport is reduced to theatre it is bad sport…

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