SMArt Talks

No Place Like Home: Avant-Garde Yiddish Theatre Between the National and the Transnational

Alexandra Chiriac

🗓 15th of March 2023

📍Hans Belting Library (Veveří 470/28, 602 00 Brno)

Abstract

During the 1920s and early 1930s, Bucharest was a thriving space of experimentation for itinerant Yiddish performers, who garnered both commercial and critical success. Seeking stability, the internationally renowned Vilna Troupe made Romania its permanent home and the avant-garde theatre director Iacob Sternberg strove to create a permanent organisation for Jewish theatre in the country. This talk examines how Yiddish performance flourished in Romania despite an increasingly hostile political climate and how its traces were later obscured due to peripatetic trajectories either chosen or enforced. It also discusses the challenges of researching and writing about transnational performance in an East European context shaped by national archives and narratives.

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