Petrushka’s Voice

Authored by: Alexander Gref , Elena Slonimskaya

The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  July  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415705400
eBook ISBN: 9781315850115
Adobe ISBN: 9781317911722


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Our theatre, Vagrant Booth, 1 has been studying traditional Russian puppet theatre for over 20 years. We focus on exploring traditional culture as it relates to today. We do not seek simply to insert traditional elements into contemporary theatre but rather to determine how traditional theatre can fully exist in the context of today’s world. From this perspective, the Petrushka theatre is an ideal model for us. Our more than a decade of experience performing Petrushka shows before a variety of audiences – at universities, before children, in political clubs, before crowds on the streets of Moscow, London, Boston, etc. – has convinced us that the ancient Petrushka theatre is modern, relevant, and vibrant for contemporary audiences.

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