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Publications of Smirnova Elena Aleksandrovna
Culture and Art, 2020-6
Smirnova E.A. - Vladimir Magars spectacle Don Juan (Lunacharsky Russian Drama Theatre in Sevastopol, 2006) pp. 60-74


Abstract: The subject of this research is poetics of the spectacle “Don Juan” created by the stage director Vladimir Magar in Lunacharsky Russian Drama Theatre in Sevastopol in 2006. Analysis is conducted on the main peculiarities of the directing artistic manner: creation of fiction atmosphere and romantic plot, montage and musical means of structuring action, montage of literary-dramaturgical material. The author reviews fiction method and experience as the conditions for formation of an actor ensemble; examines the role of scenography, eurythmics, music and other elements of dramatic action. The article is based on the use of comparative-historical method, personal audience experience of its author and analysis of publications dedicated to the spectacle. The research of Vladimir Magars’ directing manner, which is insufficiently studied and can become illustrative for determination of patterns common to the regional theatrical life. This article is a continuation of a series of publication of the topic. Analysis of poetics of the spectacle “Don Juan” is important for understanding the fundamentals of his directing activity, which contributed to the fact that Sevastopol Theatre became a noticeable phenomenon within the Russian theatrical space.
Culture and Art, 2017-11
Smirnova E.A. - Vladimir Magar's Play 'Masquerade, or Conspiration of Masks' (Sevastopol Russian Drama Theatre named after A. Lunacharsky, 2001) pp. 33-45


Abstract: The article is devoted to the analysis of the play 'Masquerade, or Conspiration of Masks' (Sevastopol Russian Drama Theatre named after A. Lunacharsky, 2001) from the point of view of acting methods and techniques used there that present the acting methodology of Vladimir Magar, a leading Sevastopol artistic director since 2000 till 2014. In her research Smirnova touches upon transformations of the literary dramaturgical materials into the acting plot using the cross-cutting of narrative plots and motives and action structured according to the rules of a musical composition. The director creates a special visual perception of the play using the figure and ground combination. Smirnova also analyzes the rle of scenography, plastics, music and other elements of a dramatic action. The article is bsed on the comparative historical method, the author's personal visual perception and analysis of mass media publications devoted to the play. Analysis of Vladimir Magar's methodology, which is a rather understudied topic in the literature, is important for understanding the main principles of Magar's directing activity, in particular, musical construction (the combination of the figure and ground that interact based on general musical principles, episode construction where cuts are given a special role, and the cutting principle). 
Culture and Art, 2017-4
Smirnova E.A. - The Cabal of Hypocrites Staged in Sevastopol by Vladimir Magar after Mikhail Bulgakov's Play pp. 91-105


Abstract: The subject of the research is the poetics of the play The Cabal of Hypocrites staged in 2013 by Vladimir Magar at Sevastopol Academic Russian Drama Theatre named after Lunacharsky. Vladimir Magar was the leading Sevastopol stage and art director in 2000 - 2014. Being his most famous performance, the aforesaid play is being analyzed from the point of view of director methodology, i.e. techniques and methods used by Magar, in particular, transformation of literary drama elements into a stage plot using the montage of narrative themes and motives as well as developing the narration based on musical composition laws. The author of the article also analyzes the role of the stage design, plastic arts, music and other elements of drama performance. The article is based on the comparative historical method, personal experience of the author when seeing the play and analysis of articles and responses to the play. Vladimir Magar's creative work is studied for the first time in the academic literature. Analysis of his director style can be useful to define certain patterns typical for the regional theatre life and to restore pages of the Russian theatre history that have been ignored by Russian researchers so far. Analysis of the poetics of the aforesaid play is very important for understanding such principles of the director's activity as multi-layer literary and dramaturgical basis of his performances, their montage composition, playing method of an actor and the system of keynotes.
Man and Culture, 2017-4
Smirnova E.A. - V. V. Magars spectacle Othello (Sevastopol Academic Russian Dramatic A. Lunacharsky Theatre, 2011) pp. 59-72


Abstract:   The subject of this research is the poetic style of the spectacle “Othello” created by Vladimir Magar in 2011 in the Sevastopol Academic Russian Dramatic A. Lunacharsky Theatre. The article analyzes the main peculiarities of the theatre director’s artistic manner: creation of the atmosphere of a game and romantic two-worldness; use of multicomponent literary-dramaturgical basis of performance; mounting composition and music structure; combination of various ways of actor’s existence, leitmotif system, etc. The author examines the role of scenography, music, and other components of a dramatic act. The work applies the comparative-historical method, personal spectator’s experience of the author and analysis of print media dedicated to the spectacle. Works of the Sevastopol theatre director Vladimir Magar are absolutely unstudied, and this article manifests as a continuation of research of the poetic style of his spectacles. The analysis of poetic style of the spectacle “Othello” is essential for comprehending the key principles of Magar’s directing activity. The research of his directing manner helps restoring the obscured pages in the history of Russian theatre.   
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