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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 24 | volume V | January-February, 2002



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 24January-February, 2002
Theatre Reviews

Particular drama readings in the Balkans

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Nada Petkovska

    Within the recent Macedonian dramatic literature, especially those determined as postmodern, very interesting outlooks emerged – certain new readings in the Balkans. Postmodern perception, with emphasized principle of the quotation and communication to the tradition and the inheritance, which from its aspect comprehends a free merging to entire world treasury, gave very interesting attempts to re-evaluate the Balkans myth perceived from the wider perspective, enriched with many experiences, used as bounding material, as evidences and specific attachments to the most different experiences collected in the world huge library. Satisfactorily would it be only to be mentioned, the already paradigmatic Balkans is not Dead, or even more impressive The Powder Keg by D. Dukovski, two typically postmodern texts depicting very core of the Balkan`s social trouble, which can not be-even with love-pulled out from the estranged relations, that is to say a situation of gunpowder keg, ready to explode any moment. Goran Stefanovski reads the Balkans also as double bottom, but also as endless bacchanalia where the fathers eat their children, initiating illogical wars, useful to nobody. Feminine Contribution for the Night, and Inarticulate Tongue by Blaže Minevski are atypical pictures of the Balkans. Nevertheless the Balkans also is portrayed in Who do You belong to and Sin or Scpritzer by S. Nasev. And in this case, we have decided for the dramatic reading of Balkans by Venko Andonovski, out of vast majority texts dealing the complex problem of the Balkans in different ways.
    Andonovski in the beginning starts somehow prophetic with one very actual problem – the dilemma of the terrorism, offering wider inclination in the Infernal Machine to one very important human interrelation, where everyone oppresses and terrorizes the other, seeking various excuses, whereby the supreme argument is the tradition (as in Powder Keg by Dukovski).
    The following play, Riot in the Home for Aged is a play about the rebellion, about the desire to change the states: riot for the dissent order of the things opposing the anarchic freedom of the elder generation, which brings to the total chaos only because of the personal interests. Under special attack is the weakness of the intellectuals and their hesitations to realize the principles of the freedom. This situation is used by the primitives to impose their comprehension about the order of the things. Regarding – the noble, but radical strivings of the idealists, customary always misused by somebody else, some primitive interpreter

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