Socialist realism onstage: a clash of concepts. Display of normative aesthetics of Socialist realism in National Theatre’s stage design Cover Image
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Социалистическият реализъм на сцената – сблъсък на концепции. Проявите на нормативната естетика на социалистическия реализъм в сценографията на сцената на Народния театър
Socialist realism onstage: a clash of concepts. Display of normative aesthetics of Socialist realism in National Theatre’s stage design

Author(s): Albena Tagareva
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with two emblematic productions of the National Theatre and their artistic solutions that have aroused controversy in the press: Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna (1946) by Stefan Surchadjiev and Fadeev’s The Young Guard (1947) by Boian Danovsky, Ivan Penkov and Asen Popov were, respectively, set designers of the two stagings. Following the Communist coup of 1944, a radically changed political situation imposed new concepts of the visual, aspects of theatricals. The artists, who had the most outstanding achievements in the development of scenography between the two world wars, were forced to give up on their ideas of production design to conform to the requirements of Socialist Realism. The aforesaid productions were the last to evince influences of former artistic movements and the National Theatre became the place where that process had established itself.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 304-314
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English, Bulgarian