Reality effects: authenticity and playing with reality in contemporary theatre Cover Image

Realybės efektai: autentiška raiška ir žaidimai su tikrove šiuolaikiniame teatre
Reality effects: authenticity and playing with reality in contemporary theatre

Author(s): Jurgita Staniškytė
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Sociology of Art
Published by: Lietuvos mokslų akademijos leidykla
Keywords: authenticity; mimesis; modern theatre; postmodern theatre; effect of reality; realism; representation;

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with the strategies of manipulating / playing with the notions of authenticity / reality in contemporary theatre. These tendencies are closely linked with the transformation of the notions of representation, body and perception in the contemporary cultural mindscape as well as with revision of the historical heritage of modern and avantgarde theatre, namely the realist notions of representation and mimesis. The main area where the confrontation of the modernist and postmodernist notions of authenticity occurs in Lithuanian theatre is the identity and body of the actor as well as his / her attitude towards the role: playing with the autobiographic material (real identity), the exposure of material body (real body) onstage, use of non-acting techniques, casting of non-professional actors. With the help of concrete examples and case studies, the author analyses how the changing notions of representation affect the process of perception and what critical questions about the nature of theatre itself or, on a larger scale, the nature of presence in theater they raise.

  • Issue Year: 17/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 169-177
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Lithuanian