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  1. tlpanmure says

    This is actually footage of the police breaking up a performance by the New York-based experimental theatre company, The Living Theatre. The group was founded in the late 40s by Judith Malina and Julian Beck, and suffered many busts and closures and evictions in New York in the 50s and across Europe in the 60s. The "bald hippie" referenced in the notes is Julian Beck himself.
    In 1971, the year of this performance, Beck enumerated “The Seven Imperatives of Contemporary Theatre:"
    1. In the Street: outside of the cultural and economic limitations of institutionalized theatre.
    2. Free: Performance for the proletariat, the Lumpenproletariat, the poor, the poorest of the poor, without admission charge.
    3. Open Participation: Break Thru, Unification: Collective Creation.
    4. Spontaneous Creation: Improvisation: Freedom.
    5. Physical life: Body: Sexual Liberation.
    6. Change: Increase of Conscious Awareness: Permanent Revolution: Unfixed (Flexible, Free) Ideology.
    7. Acting as Action.

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