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Publication on the History of Moscow Theatre for Young People

Published 26.06.07

Palgrave, New York, 2006

A Cultural History of Ideological Coercion and Artistic Innovation, 1917-2000
Manon van de Water

This book examines how the totalitarian ideology of the Soviet period shaped the practices of Soviet theater for youth, as exemplified by the two oldest theaters for children and youth in Moscow: the Central Childrens Theatre/RAMT and the Moscow Tiuz. Weaving together politics, economics, pedagogy, and aesthetics the author paints a vivid picture of the theatrical developments in Soviet/Russian theatre for young people from its inception in 1917 up to the new millennium, revealing the complex intersections between theatre and its socio-historical conditions.

Introduction * Part One: The Soviet Period * From Marxism-Leninism to Perestroika and Glasnost * The Historical Role and Cultural Function of Russian Theatre for Young Audiences * Thaw and Freeze * Part Two: Perestroika and Glasnost * The Change in Cultural Function with Glasnost and Perestroika * The Central Children's Theatre * The Moscow Theatre of the Young Spectator * Part Three: A New Millennium * Cultural Shifts and Theatrical Innovation * Shaking the Past: The Russian Academic Youth Theatre * Provoking Assumptions: Kama Ginkas at the Mtiuz *Afterword
Manon van de Water is a Slavist and Associate Professor in Theatre Research and Theatre for Youth at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Printed copies of the book can be purchased directly from the publisher.


Copyright 2006, Manon van de Water, Palgrave. Used with author's persmission.

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