Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hungarian political weekly picks up my essay on the politics of theater in the former Soviet country of Belarus

A European political weekly has picked up news about the publication of my essay on the political situation of theater and the arts in the former Soviet country of Belarus in the January 2012 edition of the Hungarian magazine Színház.

Posted on January 20, 2012, the news story, entitled "Színház és politika," appears in 168 ora, a Hungarian weekly review created in 1988. Presented in the Hungarian language, 168 Ora is an independent publication providing articles on the social, political and economic situation in Hungary.

Here is an excerpt from the news article on 168 ora:

"Négy anyag is foglalkozik ezzel a témával. Gajdó Tamás a nyilas idők Madách Színházát mutatja be, Randy Gener egy szabad színházért folytatott küzdelmet Fehéroroszországban, Madli Pesti az Egységes Észtország esetét dolgozza fel, a lap legterjedelmesebb, legfajsúlyosabb anyaga pedig egy körkérdésre adott kelet-európai válasz-összeállítás, amely a színigazgatói kinevezések gyakorlatát firtatja." 

The article I wrote, mentioned in the above excerpt, is entitled "The Struggle for a Free Theater | Or "Long Live Belarus."  It is about the plight of the actors of Belarus Free Theater who left the country following the violent presidential elections in December 2010. My original article was published in issue number 4 of the international journal Critical Stages.

My article was translated into Hungarian language and then published in a shorter version in the January 2012 edition of the Hungarian magazine Színház, which grabbed the attention of 168 Ora because of Színház's focus on the relationship between theater and politics in Eastern Europe. It is a comprehensive issue that unveils the significant updates and clear differences of the power politics and national theater scenes in Romania, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. The picture Színház presents, as 168 ora notes, "is not very bright."

Because of the political situation in Belarus, the performing arts situation is perhaps one of the bleakest. When I received an invitation to contribute to Színház, that Hungarian magazine's editor wrote to me, in an email, "Unfortunately we cannot commission anybody from Belarus to write an honest article. That is why we would love to publish your work." --RG
Protesting in front the Belarus consulate in New York, January 2010 | Photo by Randy Gener

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