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DYNAMICS OF CHANGE in the 20th Century Slovenian Theatre

The research topic of the scientific monograph Dynamics of Change in the 20th Century Slovenian Theatre is the Slovenian theatre in the previous century. This was a constitutive century of the Slovenian theatre which finally got established and affirmed as a modern, European and professionally founded social, cultural and art institution. The fact that the monograph was produced exactly ten years after the end of the century might be the reason for its contributions to shift away from the hitherto predominant models of the Slovenian theatre historiography. Thus the studies published provide an important extension, supplement and revision of the theatre history in Slovenia and simultaneously contribute to further discussion on the evaluation of individual theatrical genres, periods, achievements and protagonists of the addressed era. Furthermore, contrary to the previous publications, this volume provides a more thorough insight into the traditionally marginalised theatre phenomena, the reception as well as social contextualisation of the art of theatre. Indeed, the “contextual analysis of the theatrical performance” (De Marinis) was the focal point of research resulting in the published contributions which differ both in the approach to topic as well as its methodology. They range from a comprehensive reviews of the theatre audience (Aleš Gabrič: The Societal and Social Role of Slovenian Theatre Activity during the 20th Century), the stage speech (Katarina Podbevšek: Changes in the Aesthetics of Stage Speech in Slovenia during the 20th Century) or contemporary dance (Bojana Kunst: Movement and Choreographic Concepts in Slovenian Contemporary Dance), through fundamental insight into a partial field or semantic category, such as theatre direction (Blaž Lukan: The Europeization of Slovenian Theatre: The Birth of Modern Theatre Directing), the staging of ancient drama (Barbara Sušec Michieli: Difficulties with Classics and History: Ancient Greek Tragedy in the 20th century Slovenian theatre), constructivism in the Slovenian theatre (Martina Vovk: Trieste Constructivism and Theatre. Draft stage sets, character studies and stage set conceptualization by Avgust Černigoj and Eduard Stepančič), drama (Denis Poniž: Prolegomenon to the Research on the Role and Significance of Slovenian Drama and Theatre at the Time of the Transition from the Totalitarian to the Democratic System during the Period 1960-1990) and performance (Barbara Orel: To the History of Performance Art in Slovenia: Experimental theatre practices 1966-1986) to the case study (Maja Šorli: Tomaž Pandur’s Legacy on SNG Maribor). The book also includes the first publication of the notes by the choreographer and dancer Ksenija Hribar entitled The Dance Lesson at Cankarjev Dom as well as extensive photo material and abstracts of texts in Slovene and English.

 

Contents:

9 Barbara Sušec Michieli, Blaž Lukan & Maja Šorli
The 20th Century Slovenian Theatre in the Dynamic Processes
of Change of Aesthetics and Social Norms

15 Aleš Gabrič
The Societal and Social Role of Slovenian
Theatre Activity during the 20th Century

89 Blaž Lukan
The Europeization of Slovenian Theatre: The Birth of Modern Theatre Directing

127 Barbara Sušec Michieli
Difficulties with Classics and History: Ancient Greek Tragedy in the 20th century Slovenian theatre

167 Martina Vovk
Trieste Constructivism and Theatre. Draft stage sets, character studies and stage set conceptualization by Avgust Černigoj and Eduard Stepančič

195 Katarina Podbevšek
Changes in the Aesthetics of Stage Speech in Slovenia during the 20th Century

239 Denis Poniž
Prolegomenon to the Research on the Role and Significance of Slovenian Drama and Theatre at the Time of the Transition from the Totalitarian to the Democratic System during the Period 1960-1990

271 Barbara Orel
To the History of Performance Art in Slovenia:
Experimental theatre practices 1966-1986

329 Bojana Kunst
Movement and Choreographic Concepts in Slovenian Contemporary Dance

366 Ksenija Hribar
Supplement: The Dance Lesson at Cankarjev Dom

377 Maja Šorli
Tomaž Pandur's Legacy on SNG Maribor

420 About Authors

424 Abstracts

440 Author's Index