The New Theatre of the Baltics: From Soviet to Western Influence in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

The New Theatre of the Baltics: From Soviet to Western Influence in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

by Jeff Johnson, Daniel Gerould
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786429925

ISBN-13: 9780786429929

Pub. Date: 02/21/2007

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Although Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are culturally distinct, they share a common theatre history characterized by resistance, first as a response to Nazi occupation, then as an ideological weapon countering their annexation under strict Soviet ideology.

This comprehensive overview of contemporary theatre in the Baltic states includes interviews with major

Overview

Although Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are culturally distinct, they share a common theatre history characterized by resistance, first as a response to Nazi occupation, then as an ideological weapon countering their annexation under strict Soviet ideology.

This comprehensive overview of contemporary theatre in the Baltic states includes interviews with major directors, writers, academics and critics, critiques of significant performances, and historical information to familiarize readers with the region. It not only discusses the political ramifications of the three countries' transition from occupied Soviet states to independent members of the European Union, but also addresses the aesthetic, cultural and national issues associated with the move to independence and the adaptation of a Western economic model.

More than an introduction, this book is a forum for ideas as well as a detailed, first-hand account of the current scene in Baltic theatre. While useful for anyone interested in contemporary theatre, it is also essential reading for those interested in Baltic studies, post-Soviet cultural history, and recent trends in East European literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786429929
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/21/2007
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Foreword   Daniel Gerould     1
Preface     5
The Crisis of Relevance     11
Lithuania: Catholic Spectacle - Directors' Theatre     30
Estonia: The Lutheran Narrative - Writers' Theatre     93
Latvia: Focus on Process - Actors' Theatre     156
Notes     211
Works Cited     213
Index     217

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