Theater in Soviet Kharkiv

Theater in Soviet Kharkiv

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Mayhill Fowler

Princeton University

May 28, 2009 / 5.00 pm

Library, Center for Urban History

In this seminar grant resident of the Center Mayhill Fowler discussed the 1929 production of Allo na khvyli 477 at Les Kurbas’ Berezil theatre in Kharkiv. This was the first Ukrainian-language revue show in Soviet Ukraine and one that highlighted the formation of a cultural establishment in the young capital.

The broad themes of her project were also discussed:

- the relationship between the arts and the Soviet state in the interwar period
- the formation of an artistic establishment
- the changing position of theatre in the Soviet space
- the project of creating a culture that is modern and urban as well as Ukrainian.

Mayhill Fowler

is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Princeton University writing a dissertation entitled “Beau Monde: state and stage at the edge of empire, Russia and Soviet Ukraine, 1916-1941.” She holds a degree in Russian literature and a master’s degree in acting.


Сover Image: Performance "Hello on the Wave 477", Berezil Theater, 1929 / Museum of Theater, Music and Cinematography of Ukraine