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„Делириум” – дивайзинг спектакъл по Достоевски
„Delirium” between Dostoevsky and Devising

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

Summary/Abstract: What is devising? Is it possible through devising to catch the spirit and energy of Dostoevsky’s greatest novel „The Brothers Karamazov” and to make an outrageously good theatre show after it without Dostoevsky’s text in fact? How do British read Russian authors? Is democracy in the artistic process fruitful or problematic? Who is the author of a play created through devising – the playwright, the director or the actors? These are some of the questions raised in the article focused on the relations between text and creative process in making a contemporary theatre performance. It is based on Helen Freshwater’s observations on the devising process between Theatre O and the Irish playwright Enda Walsh after „The Brothers Karamazov” (1880) by Fyodor Dostoevsky and the reviews of their spectacle „Delirium” (2008). The text presents different stages and aspects of the collaborative creation of „Delirium” starting from the initial idea and passing through its development and transformation to its final realization. It pays special atten- tion to the nature of the attitude of the creative team towards the source material, being a nineteen century masterpiece, presenting contradictory viewpoints ranging from irony to admiration. The article also includes a short parallel between contemporary Bulgarian theatre practice and devising.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 51-56
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian