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2020 | 35(2) | 301-313

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Performative potential of a dramatic fairy tale and its inclusion in the educational and didactic process


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Specific art practices, which include performance, are especially prevalent in popular culture at the turn of the 20th and 21st century. The concept of ‘performance’ means an action in the process of which creation involves a new experience both for the performer of the action and for the recipient. However, it is necessary to distinguish performance as a type of cultural action, dramatization, and performative potential of a work, creating conditions for influencing the consciousness of a person who, when perceiving a work, becomes a full participant in a creative act. Modern fairy-tale plays written by playwrights based on well-known works or the authors’ own dramatic tales have great performative potential. They connect the game principle, the performativity of a fairy tale, capable of activating empathy, influencing the child’s consciousness through the magic of the word, and the performance of the drama, the goal of which is to involve the young viewer in the show. At the same time, the theatrical performance of fairy-tale plays and the metatheatrical techniques involved in them have a significant visual impact on the young audience, which also contributes to the performative dialogue. The moralizing orientation of modern fairy-tale plays, reflecting the current moral and ethical problems of the society, increases the efficiency of the educational process, and contributes to the fulfilment of modern didactic tasks. In this article, based on the Russian playwright Anna Bogacheva, an attempt is made to identify those features of modern fairy-tale plays that convey their performative character and didactic potential.



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