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L’ Inde dans la mise en scène des chefs-d’oeuvre européens d’Ariane Mnouchkine
India in Ariane Mnouchkine’s staging of european masterpieces

Author(s): Magdalena Hasiuk
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Théâtre du Soleil; Aeschylus; Euripides; William Shakespeare; kathakali

Summary/Abstract: The text discusses influences and oriental inspirations, mainly Indian and Japanese, present in the staging of Shakespeare’s plays (Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Twelfth Night), Euripides (Iphigenia at Aulis) i Aeschylus (Oresteia) in the Théâtre du Soleil. Owing to the incorporation of ‘the imagined orient’ in the Shakespearean cycle, Mnouchkine evoked the image of the world immersed in the supernatural. Placing Iphigenia at Aulis before Oresteia, the director created her own tetralogy. Consciously applying staging strategies, she did not use Greek documents but instead combined documentation from Turkey and the Caucasus with oriental traditions such as kathakaliand bharata-natyam. Drawing on references which were unknown (or long since forgotten) and never before used, she staged ‘probably the richest and the most satisfactory of all productions ofAthenian tragedies’ (Ubersfeld).

  • Issue Year: XIX/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 77-90
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: French