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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Menotyra / History and theory of arts (H003)
Author(s): Klivis, Edgaras
Title: Sovietinio režimo reprezentacijos šiuolaikiniame Lietuvos teatre : kritinės atminties link
Other Title: Representation of the Soviet regime in contemporary Lithuanian theatre: towards critical memory
Is part of: Meno istorija ir kritika = Art history & criticism. Kaunas : Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto leidykla, 2012, [T.] 8 : Erdvės ir laiko reprezentacijos mene. Pasaulėvaizdžiai, diskursai, artefaktai
Extent: p. 74-84
Date: 2012
Keywords: Teatras;Drama;Sovietinis;Postsovietinis;Istorijos reprezentacija;Atmintis;Theatre;Drama;Soviet;Post-soviet;Representation of history;Memory
Abstract: There are a number of reasons why theatre is important not only as artistic expression but also as the medium of historical memory. In most cases, however, dramatic and theatrical devices (attractive and variform as they may be) appear as merely a decoration (“live experience”, “muscle memory” etc.) of an already existing historiographical discourses. Referring to the stage productions of Lithuanian theatre that reconstruct and represent the Soviet regime during the decades of independence (1990-2012), the article addresses the question if and how theatre can be turned into a medium of critical memory, that does not only add some entertaining flavours to the dominant historical knowledge but critically confronts ideological assumptions of the historical narratives and examines the working of the very mnemonic mechanisms. The attitude of critical memory is particularly relevant when speaking of the recent traumatic events of the Soviet occupation, a historical period still important in defining the identity of contemporary Lithuanian society. There are a number of examples in contemporary Lithuanian theatre that can be described as symptoms of the crisis of histori-cal memory of the Soviet period. Firstly, the performances and theatrical events (mostly intended for the general public and tourists) that provide the Soviet past with entertaining and exotic appearance, representing it as a special kind of pleasure-ground, a style, and a commercial attraction. Secondly, the productions that continue to represent the historical memory of the Soviet past from the colonial and totalitarian position as it was done during the Soviet period when the real historical trauma could not be represented directly. [...]
Affiliation(s): Teatrologijos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Art History & Criticism / Meno istorija ir kritika 2012, nr. 8
Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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