Anna Grusková (Theatre institute, Slovakia) “The Secret of Theatre to be Discovered in Old Photographs”

Anna Grusková

Anna Grusková

Theatre is a social phenomenon that especially from the second half of the 19th century till (at least) the outbreak of the WWI touched all layers of European society. Even newspapers often informed about theatre events on front pages. To make amateur theatre was one of the most popular way how to spend leisure time. Social life and its urban celebrations, manifestations, parades etc. had a strong theatrical character – fixed scenario, set design, costumes, “actors” and auditorium etc. Theatrical features could be easily recognized in rural celebrations, like folklore ceremonies and rites. We could say that theatre was deeply rooted in everyday life. How is it reflected in photography at that time?

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Anna Grusková is the Czech-Slovak theatre scientist, theatre, film and radio author and director. She was graduated from Theatre and Film Studies at Charles University in Prague. She initiated and led many domestic and international projects with both artistic and social dimension (America, Brides / Brides, Sarcophagi and ATMs), on others she participated as an author (Donaudrama, Chance ’89). Her drama Rabbi Woman about the fate of the Bratislava Jewish activist Gisi Fleischmann was staged in Slovak National Theatre and the Theatre Reon in Bologna. Among others, she also directed theatre and film installation Danube Drama or Filthy coffee, cheap cigarettes, documentary film Rabbi Woman etc. She is employed by the Divadelný ústav under the Theatre Institute, lives in Bratislava and enjoys cycling.

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