A study of Yury Lyubimov's tempestuous career and his style of theatre during his thirty years at the Taganka Theatre. This work traces the development of his ideas, from his arrival at the theatre in 1964 through to his explusion in 1984, and his period of exile in the West until his return in 1989 to a much-changed Russia. Tracing Lyubimov's work play by play, the book uncovers an individual doomed to be at odds with the prevailing political and social climate of his literary contemporaries.
"The most interesting thing in art is the unconscious process. Analysis starts later…"
"This well-researched and informed survey considers one of the great contemporary artistic marriages…. Beumers highlights the Taganka's metaphoric treatments of the individual's role in society and the theatre's responsibility to its audience, the humanistic tradition of great Russian literature, and the at-risk intelligentsia who created it….A valuable resource for those interested in theatre and in the intersection of arts and politics."