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'Resistance and Performance', Dr John Freedman

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‘Political resistance and social commentary are deeply ingrained in the Russian theatre tradition. Rarely, however, have they been as open and obvious as in recent years. Throughout the Soviet period (and Imperial era) theatre artists “spoke the truth” by way of metaphor and implication. This tended to remain true even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when artists, who achieved new freedoms, were more intent on creating new kinds of art than on speaking about social ills. But in one of the biggest breaks with tradition in the history of Russian theatre, some writers, directors and actors are currently becoming extremely outspoken in their works. This discussion will focus on current developments, putting them into a historical context.’

In association with the Department of Slavonic Studies and the Cambridge Committee for Russian and Eastern European Studies, Dr John Freedman, gives the penultimate lecture of the Resistance in Russia and Eastern Europe public lecture series for 2012-13.

This talk is part of the Slavonic Studies series.

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