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Комичното и политиките на смеха в драматургията на Стратиев и нейните сценични реализации
The comic and the politics of laughter in Stratiev’s dramaturgy and its stage productions

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

Summary/Abstract: The current article examines the manifestation of the comic and the politics of laughter in Stratiev’s comedy and its stage productions. How they relate to the formation of the allegorical layer which generates meanings that are subversive against ideological norms during socialism, is being analyzed. Also being followed is the development of this “subversive construct” in the performances after 1989. The hypothesis is that Aesopian language finds good grounds for development precisely in comedy due to the specifics of its genre. The generation of such „hidden” meanings adds extra value to comedy and comic, which, however, gradually fall out or are transformed in something qualitatively different after 1989. In support of these observations, examples have been provided from the play „The Roman Bath”, directed by Svetoslav Peev (2006), as well as the “The Roman Bath” of London’s theatre „Arcola” (2011).

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 47-50
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian