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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: Treading the borderline play(ing) with reality on the Post-Soviet Lithuanian theatre stage
Is part of: Nordic theatre studies : yearbook for theatre research in Scandinavia. Goteborg : Föreningen Nordiska teaterforskare, 2014, Vol. 26, iss. 1 : Poetics of playing: fictionality, reality and playing in between
Extent: p. 32-43
Date: 2014
Keywords: Lietuvos teatras;Žaidimas;Tikrovė;Realizmas;Reprezentacija;Lithuanian theatre;Play;Realism;Representation
Abstract: Treading the Borderline: Play(ing) with Reality on the Post-Soviet Lithuanian Theatre Stage During the second decade of the Independence, i.e. at the beginning of the twenty-first century the increasing number of performances trying to escape the tradition of anti-mimetic representation and to re-engage with reality appeared on the Lithuanian theatre stage. Fragments of everyday reality, 'real' personalities onstage, autobiographic narratives, historic documents, authentic spaces were becoming increasingly popular, allowing some critics to proclaim the eagerly awaited 'return to realism'. However, a closer analysis of this tendency of contemporary Lithuanian theatre can lead one to believe that such performances do not demonstrate the urge to return to the traditional notion of realist representation, but rather to playfully flirt with reality and its reception in the fictional world of theatre. In the light of theoretical and practical revisions of the concepts of reality and its representation, young Lithuanian theatre creators are not so much interested in truthful representation of reality, but rather in a performative investigation of processes of representation and their effects on audience perception. One might add that while engaging with the codes of reality or 'real' material onstage, contemporary Lithuanian artists try to dismantle the binary opposition between realistic representation and anti-realistic playfulness, which dominated the symbolic mentality of modern Lithuanian theatre. Various forms of playing with reality and fiction on the Lithuanian theatre stage, their underlying principles and wider cultural implications of such games are the object of investigation of this article. A comparative analysis of performances from Lithuania and Estonia will help to highlight the specific character of Lithuanian theatre as well as to define the patterns of playing with reality present on the post-Soviet Lithuanian stage
Affiliation(s): Menotyros katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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