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The Theatre and the Text of the Document

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

Summary/Abstract: The text deals with the problems of theatre historiography and its methodology. Some of the key concepts of theatre historical science are being described and presented (Thomas Postlewait, Christopher Balme, Rober Leach). How could we enforce methods and procedures of theatre historiography when examining Bulgarian theatre during the socialism? The difficulties here are of different character and complexity. Indisputable is the hypothesis that this period of Bulgarian history can’t be understood on the level of events only. If the historical narrative remains on this level it will repeat once again the official historiography of the communist regime. If a research wants to get over this limitation, it needs to ask questions, to prove hypothesis and to put the facts within many discourses. After having researched a great variety of documents, I came to the conclusion that we have to think about a more complex approach when examining socialist theatre. A historical methodology, which uses only the documents and their interpretation, does not work efficiently, because its text remains within the logic of the repressive state machine and the structures of the Bulgarian communist party that had coalesced with the state itself.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 31-33
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian