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„Хапки от реалността“ в съвременната българска пиеса
“Bites of Reality” in Contemporary Bulgarian Drama

Author(s): Asen Terziev
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Contemporary theatre is no longer defined mainly as art of mimesis, but above all, as art of performing (performing art), which has yet another dimension to it: it always takes place only live, right here, right now. Its realism makes sense mostly in this line, but on the other hand, the “live” effect proves to be one of its most sophisticated aspects being much more a matter of feeling, authentic response and general air, rather than of an actual situation. A theatre play is a unique and complicated way of narration, subject to specific laws and having a specific role in a theatre event. Part of the latest Bulgarian drama (since 2000 onwards) has been marked by the characteristics of the postdramatic theatre (according to the impressive definition of German theatre theoreticians Hans-Thies Lehmann), where the dramaturgic text is first of all a polyphonic ground for generating actual meanings and immediate feelings. Two of the most acclaimed contemporary Bulgarian plays, “Pleasantly Scary” by Yana Borisova and “The Apocalypse Comes At 6 pm” by Georgi Gospodinov are an intriguing demonstration of this trend.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 201-206
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian