Despite the disappearance of the historical avantgarde before WWII, both scholars and the popular press are reluctant to relinquish the belief in a radical, American, theatrical avantgarde. No other artists epitomize this avantgarde more than the Wooster Group, which, in its 30 years of work, has gradually become recognized as the emblematic avantgarde company. But was the avantgarde that developed in the 1970s ever really an avantgarde at all?

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