Lecture by Valery Zolotukhin
PERFORMANCE ART AND SOVIET THEATER IN THE 1970-S AND 1980-S
Friday, November 28, 7.30 pm
Garage Education Center
Russian theater's contact with performance art is generally considered to have taken place around the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, numerous examples of experimental work with the artist's body, with public space, creating realities of the "here and now," and engaging in the materiality of the voice – embodied by such figures as Yuri Lubimov or Anatoly Vasilyev – emerged as early as the 1970s. How might our perception of Soviet theater change if analyzed through the prism of contemporary performance theory?
Valery Zolotukhin holds a PhD in art history and is chief researcher in the Russian State Library's manuscript department. He has authored works on the history of Russian and Soviet theater and issues concerning the art of the spoken word.
1. Shakespeare's Hamlet, dir. Yuriy Lyubimov
Taganka Theater, 1971
Courtesy of RIA Novosti
2. Presence, dir. Semyon Alexandrovsky
Taganka Theater, 2013
Courtesy of Taganka Theater