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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Menotyra / History and theory of arts (H003)
Author(s): Staniškytė, Jurgita
Title: Inventing the past, re-writing the present: the history and memory on contemporary Lithuanian theatre stage
Is part of: Nordic theatre studies : yearbook for theatre research in Scandinavia. Goteborg : Föreningen Nordiska teaterforskare, 2019, Vol. 33, iss. 2, SI
Extent: p. 61-72
Date: 2019
Keywords: Autobiography;Lithuanian theatre;Memory;History
Abstract: In recent years an increasing number of performances on the Baltic theatre stage attempt to escape the dominant understanding of "performing history" as a repetition or reinforcement of the monumental representations of the historical past or as a (re)production of "mythistory" (Joseph Mali). Lithuanian creators of performances about history increasingly choose hybrid approaches of representation, merging memorialization and critique, imagination and fact, documents and speculative inventions as forms of engagement with the past. This playful re-imagination of the historical past serves as a creative laboratory, where audience ability to recognize and/or resist historical manipulations as well as to embrace plural and polyphonic nature of memory are tested. In some cases, however, Lithuanian theatre creators are interested in "truthful" or "authentic" representations of personal memories, rather than a performative investigation of mechanisms of production of the "reality effect" in historiography and their impact on audience perception. This article examines the ways in which historical events are represented on the contemporary Lithuanian theatre stage and, at the same time, addresses the larger issues around the implications of particular theatrical stagings of the past on the current understanding of the subject of history
Affiliation(s): Teatrologijos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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