Ramune Marcinkeviciute

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19 October 2005

The energy of transit

Performances in disused industrial buildings, prisons, foyers, or on the street: theatre in central and eastern European is enjoying a boom in experimentation comparable to that in western Europe in the 1970s. Theatre in non-traditional spaces, writes Ramune Marcinkeviciute, is a reaction to the changes in society and a search for different means of communication. It becomes a place where the despair, fear, and depression of the contemporary individual are registered by the radical language of the new drama. It is a place where artists can be open and unencumbered by the demands of commercial success.