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SHAGI/STEPS 8(1)

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Theatrical research of laboratory discourse: Concepts, history of ideas, Russian context

Yu. G. Liderman
The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Russia, Moscow)

DOI: 10.22394/2412-9410-2022-8-1-161-175

Keywords: laboratory theater, Boris Arvatov, Walter Benjamin, Bruno Latour, Anatoly Vasiliev, theater theory, sociology of art, theatrical event, modernism, discourse analysis, Russian experimental theatre, his

Abstract: The article discusses laboratory discourse on the basis of Zara Abdullaevas interviews with the theatre director and theorist Anatoly Vasiliev. Discourse analysis is becoming a method of analysis in theatrical studies. In particular, it is proposed to see the premises of a theatrical laboratory in production aesthetics. The article outlines the connection between laboratory theaters and productivist art and productivism (Boris Arvatov, Walter Benjamin). Thanks to the institutional criticism of the laboratory by Bruno Latour, the question is raised about the possibilities of mutual influence of laboratory theaters and society. Laboratory theater is considered in the article as a paratype of participatory art (Claire Bishop). The article provides information about the history of and research into laboratory theater in Russia. The method of discourse analysis is used in the article in relation to the recorded interviews of Anatoly Vasiliev and the interviewer Zara Abdullaeva. The mechanisms of the laboratorys influence on society identified by Bruno Latour allow us to take a fresh look at the various laboratory activities of Anatoly Vasiliev and at the comments and clarifications that he makes after the fact in relation to them.

Acknowledgements: The article was written on the basis of the RANEPA state assignment research programme.
For clarification of concepts and discussions, I thank the staff of the Research Centre for Cultural History (School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration) V. V. Zolotukhin, A. O. Dunaeva and Zh. V. Vasileva.

To cite this article: Liderman, Yu. G. (2022). Theatrical research of laboratory discourse: Concepts, history of ideas, Russian context. Shagi/Steps, 8(1), 161175. (In Russian). https:doi.org/10.22394/2412-9410-2022-8-1-161-175.