“Of course there is no such thing as a socialist handstand, but...": socialism, humanism, and virtuosity in East German variety theatre practice during the 1950s and 1960s.

Andy Machals

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Abstract

While researching the history of performance at Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Palast I had come across this rejection of the idea of “a socialist handstand” many times, before I realized the extent to which the judgment had been qualified:

Of course there is no such thing as a socialist handstand, but there are many crucial elements in an acrobatic number, for instance the beauty of the human body, bravery, and concentration. An artistic presentation can be of humanistic character, but also of nihilistic character. But first and foremost, it must shape taste, and be pioneering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-67
Number of pages20
JournalTheatre Survey
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2017

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