Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Russian Theater of the 17th Century
July 28, 2014 20:55


Performances by the skomorokhi, i.e. wandering comic minstrels enjoyed wide popularity. Their merrymaking ways still carried on pagan traditions in many respects, though often charged with social critical exposure. Naturally, the authorities and officials persecuted them. In 1648 the imperial order banned these shows, and dictated to break and burn “devilish masks, tambourines and pipes” down. Moreover, it decreed to beat those who disobeyed. However, still there were some people who “engaged buffoons to arrange their devilish merrymaking games, roar with tambourines, clap hands and dance at fairs, crossroads and in the streets”.

A break-through phenomenon was the appearance of the first court theater in 1672. Originally the theatre company consisted of dwellers of the German Settlement, and later included Russian actors from the lower middle class and scribes. All the roles were performed by men only. The plays were mostly dedicated to legendary and historical plots as well as biblical stories. Secular comedies came to be as well, such as Comedy on Tamerlane, Comedy on Bacchus with Venus. Ballet performances were also staged. After the death of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich the theater ceased to exist.

 


Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Russian Culture Russian History Russian Theater   

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

5 Historical Gardens Of St. Petersburg: Part 2 - Tavrichesky Garden Literature and Folklore of the 17th Century Artistic Culture of the 19th Century, Part 1 A Large High Relief By Vuchetich Was Discovered Artistic Culture of the 19th Century, Part 7









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

Flowers Delivery

search on the map
TAGS:
Russian football  EU sanctions  Russian tourism  Russian business  Russian education  Vladimir Medinsky  Exhibitions in Moscow  Heroism   Bella Akhmadulina  Dmitry Rogozin  Russian Literature  Valentin Berlinsky  inventions  Nina Alovert  Rosneft  Monuments  Russian television  Metro 2035  Krasnodar Territory  Russian Cinema  Street Art Museum  card payment systems  Transaero  Sylvester Shchedrin  Pastel Art  Alexander Povetkin  Show Business  Pskov Region  Vitoslavlitsy  Dmitry Kravchenko expedition  Russian Ballerinas  Russia ice hockey  contest  deposits  Russian singers  Russian history  Russian Realism  Russian sanctions   Mikhail Matyushin  Installations  Russian Poetry  El Lissitzky  Baikonur  Moscow  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Jewels  Painting  Dmitry Khvorostovsky   barbecue  Archeology 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites