The Theater of Radko Radkov. History, memory, interpretations. Theophano Cover Image
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Театърът на Радко Радков. История, памет, интерпретации. Теофанó
The Theater of Radko Radkov. History, memory, interpretations. Theophano

Author(s): Galia Simeonova-Konach
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Studies of Literature, Historical Linguistics, Descriptive linguistics, Bulgarian Literature, Eastern Slavic Languages, Philology, Theory of Literature, Drama, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“

Summary/Abstract: The article is dedicated to the problems of historical drama, one of the ways of interpreting the past. The study is placed in the context of the sociology of culture and the historical memory of society, with a focus on the transposition and the symbolical representation of the history of Byzantium and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1181 – 1396) in literature. The subject of the analysis are the works of the Bulgarian poet and playwright Radko Radkov (1940 – 2009), above all his play Theophano, written in the convention of classical drama in verse and the so-called ritual drama, according to the title of the author, a synthesis of text borrowed from Old Bulgarian Literature, and Byzantine hymnograohy, inspired visually by the images of the Middle Age Miniatures included in Codex Vaticanus Slav II. The historical theme in the work of Radko Radkov is substantially different from the interpretation of the Bulgarian history of other Bulgarian writers of the second half of the 20th Century, by which the author is opposing the ideological constructs of the official authorities during this period. The playwright has found semiotic and stylistic devices that recreate the classical past of the people, the orthodox Christianity and culture in the universal perspective of the Byzantine Commonwealth, and artistically voice his historiosophic views concerning Bulgarian national history and the Byzantine-Bulgarian cultural community. The paper analyses the tribulations of the performance of Theophano, staged in Bulgaria by the French Director Pierre Della Torre, who sees in the poetic world of Radko Radkov “the monumental force of the masters of French theatre, Racine and Corneille“.

  • Issue Year: 59/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 231-246
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian