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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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The Vilna Years of Jakub Rotbaum

The Vilna Years of Jakub Rotbaum

(p.156) The Vilna Years of Jakub Rotbaum
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Anna Hannowa

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Jakub Rotbaum (1901–1994), artistic director and principal producer of the Vilna Troupe from 1929 to 1936. The Vilna Troupe was the best-known Jewish theatre company in Europe, and Rotbaum was its director and longest-lived artist. Rotbaum initiated the changes in the company's repertoire and artistic and ideological image, directed its groundbreaking performances of six plays, and won for the troupe the collaboration of the noted scenographer Andrzej Pronaszko. Critics of his own time considered Rotbaum a pioneer of social theatre and an innovator in stagecraft, as well as a transformative figure in Jewish literary theatre. The graphic quality of his stage conceptions and his use of pantomime and of rich musical accompaniments earned him public admiration and the acclaim of connoisseurs of both Polish and Jewish theatre.

Keywords:   Vilna Troupe, Jakub Rotbaum, Jewish theatre, stagecraft, social theatre, Jewish literary theatre, Polish theatre

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