The Role of National Theatre at the Turn of the Millennium. Estonian Theatre Interpreting Estonian Literature in the 1990s Cover Image

The Role of National Theatre at the Turn of the Millennium. Estonian Theatre Interpreting Estonian Literature in the 1990s
The Role of National Theatre at the Turn of the Millennium. Estonian Theatre Interpreting Estonian Literature in the 1990s

Author(s): Piret Kruuspere
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: TARTU ÜLIKOOLI KIRJASTUS

Summary/Abstract: One of the functioning mechanisms of theatre in general has been defined as the “doubling up” of the culture in which that theatre has existed; or in other words: theatrical art can be characterized as an act of self-presentation and self-reflection on the part of the culture in question (Fischer-Lichte 1992: 9, 10). Analyzing the change which has taken place in the role and functions of the Estonian national theatre in the cultural discourse of the 1990s, primarily from the aspect of theatrical interpretations (re-readings — M. Esslin; concretizations — P. Pavis) of Estonian national classics, drawing simultaneously parallels between productions based on original contemporary Estonian drama, and comparing the status of theatre during the above-mentioned period to that of the previous decades, we must admit that in the 1990s Estonian theatre has definitely lost its former role as a tribune and a place of consolidation (that was especially typical of it in the 1980s).

  • Issue Year: V/2000
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 186-199
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English