Juozas Miltinis’ “Macbeth”: the innovations of William Shakespeare’s stage perception Cover Image

Juozo Miltinio „Makbetas“: sceninės William’o Shakespeare’o percepcijos inovacijos Šarūnė Trinkūnaitė
Juozas Miltinis’ “Macbeth”: the innovations of William Shakespeare’s stage perception

Author(s): Šarūnė Trinkūnaitė
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Lietuvos mokslų akademijos leidykla
Keywords: stage perception; tragedy; tragic hero; interpretation; concept; tradition; innovation; romanticism; deromantisation; modern drama; existentialism

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses Juozas Miltinis’ “Macbeth” (1961), one of the most influential Lithuanian performances of the 1960s, and presents it as a theatre piece that signalled a significant break within the Lithuanian tradition of William Shakespeare’s stage interpretation. It discusses innovative qualities of “Macbeth” as being generated by the effort to challenge the canon of W. Shakespeare’s romantic perception, i. e. to de-romanticise / rationalise the modes of stage design, the concept of tragic hero, and the use of scene language. This deviation from romanticism is interpreted as bound up with the resolution (exploiting the ideas of disharmonised, self-distant, self-estranged consciousness, etc.) to draw the world-classic near the contexts of modern drama and its existentialist content, the ones that had their share in the list of forbidden themes in Soviet theatre culture.

  • Issue Year: 20/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 115-126
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Lithuanian