A Tour Backstage: Ukrainian, Jewish, and Soviet Theater in the 1920s and 1930s
Professor Mayhill FowlerPrinceton University
Ratusha Restaurant (Rynok Sq. 1), Lviv
The 1920s and 1930s were years of violent transformation in Soviet Ukraine, but they were also years of great art, especially in non-Russian languages. Yiddish-language theater and Ukrainian-language theater flourished, yet their co-existence raises the question of national cultures in a multi-ethnic place. Did culture bridge groups, or separate them? Was there one Soviet culture, or different national cultures? What was "national" theater anyways: language, practices, or audiences? These were problems that theater artists tried to solve in interwar Soviet Ukraine. This talk takes you to their world, backstage in the Yiddish theaters in Soviet Ukraine.
The lecture was held in English with simultaneous translation.
Jewish Days is a public program for general audiences. It is related to two other projects of the Center for Urban History - Summer School in Jewish History and Multicultural Past, held annually since 2010, and the initiative Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility (in partnership with the Lviv City Council and the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ).
Cover Image: Poster presentation of Tevye the Milkman Krakow's Jewish Theater