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Масовост и младост в театъра на социализма
Massiveness and Youth in Socialist Theatre

Author(s): Joanna Spassova-Dikova
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Special Historiographies:, History of Communism, Post-Communist Transformation
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper, which is part of a larger study of acting under socialism, deals with a major principle of art in Bulgaria in the socialist era, i.e. ‘the national ethos’ (‘narodnost’) which has found its expression in theatre through experiments to present onstage the new utopian communist world. It was represented more epically in an attempt to epitomise ‘the might of the masses, history-makers’. This party ideologeme was carried into effect through inserting at the earliest convenience huge crowds of extras on stage. The orientation towards representing the rising generation is also related to ‘the national ethos’, interpreted as simplification and infantilism. These images were meant to present the new young generation, brought up in the spirit of pluck, ardour, and revolutionary determination within a paradigm of building the forthcoming bright future.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 9
  • Page Range: 79-86
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian