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Из скиталчествата на Сирака в театъра или за театралната критика като съдба и убеждение
Sirak’s Journeys through Theatre or Drama or Criticism as Destiny and Conviction

Author(s): Svetlana Pancheva
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article treats Sirak Skitnik’s fundamental views and ideas as stated in many of his reviews on Bulgarian drama of the 1920s and the 1930s, which in his opinion needed renewal and aestheticization. These were in fact the views of drama modernism, striving to overcome literality and theatrical illusion, the ideas of ‘theatricising theatre’, which has to retain its creative nature, its brilliance of a synthetic art, where all arts are harmoniously combined to the sole end of suggesting the ‘general tone’ of the work. His theoretical works Man, Set Design and Stage Construction and Moscow Art Theatre as well as the aesthetic issues of drama, staging and the art of acting are examined in terms of such issues as ‘art or imitation’ and ‘truth to art rather than truth to nature’ are considered in detail. The article points out that Sirak Skitnik was among the earliest drama reviewers in Bulgaria, who, led by his brilliant maxim that ‘art is first of all a piece of soul and only then, a represented show’, clearly and categorically has distinguished art as a reflection from art as an expression and all along his long and intense career of an artist and reviewer has defended the aesthetics of ‘creative recreation of reality’ and of ‘inner expression’ as well as that in his career of a drama reviewer he searched for more style and less realism.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 30-33
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian