The artist as a warrior: new heroic-mythological biographical modes in Neda Nezhdanaya's play "Otvetka@UA"

Бондарева, Олена Євгенівна (2022) The artist as a warrior: new heroic-mythological biographical modes in Neda Nezhdanaya's play "Otvetka@UA" Південний архів (Філологічні науки) (89). pp. 6-14. ISSN 2663-2705

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he play about Vasyl Slipak, a soloist of the Paris National Opera who died in Eastern Ukraine in the summer of 2016 and returned to Ukraine to defend it at the front, was created by Neda Nezhdana in early 2017, at a time when her prototype is still in its infancy. A minimum of biographical information was published: the author managed to find information about opera parties that made him famous in Europe, scanty data on the singer’s volunteerism for Maidan and the Ukrainian army, she knew that the singer died unmarried, that he already had a chance to live peacefully after rotation, but still voluntarily returned to the front and fought there under the call sign “Myth”, in the end his life was taken by a bullet from a Russian sniper. As for a biographical work, even as sparing as a drama, the real biographical outline is minimal. Therefore, the author had to look for other resources to develop this image, which is the subject of the article.Objective is to analyze the new aesthetic resources of the dramatic heroic biography, inspired by the modern war in Eastern Ukraine, to reflect the models of their artistic realization in the play by Neda Nezhdana “OTVETKA@UA”.Methods: biographical, cultural-anthropological, receptive poetics, mythopoetics, structural-semantic.Results. Neda Nezhdana’s play “OTVETKA@UA” can be analyzed in different contexts – works of art about war in Eastern Ukraine, modern biographical dramas about the artist, new aesthetic resources of modern monodrama, etc. It differs in that at the time of its creation the author had little it is known about the world-famous singer and Ukrainian volunteer soldier Vasyl Slipak, whose image is realized in the work. After all, the first biographical book about this artist will be published two years after the publication and staging of a play about him. Therefore, the author had to look for other artistic resources that would allow to realize the planned author’s intention. Therefore, the actual biographical outline of the work is minimal, instead, it allows the author to experiment with the biography as a framework on which to string other dramatic strategies. In particular, in the absence of materials that a biographical character can speak on his own behalf, Neda Nezhdana sees the point in involving a fictional protagonist in the story and giving her the opportunity to testify about him. To do this, we have to create a plastic and dynamic image of the narrator, visualize her stage roles, resort to stage sketches and improvised reincarnations, marked by performative disguises. Instead, the biographical image itself is scattered, replicated, dissolved in other contexts. In this way, Vasyl Slipak’s biography is completed, and this process does not involve historical information and material artifacts, but “subtle matters” that are combined with philosophical, journalistic tone and light postmodern irony. The perfect image of the Hero can be created through the use of emphasized heroism, the leading modes of which are masculinity, mythology, military background and the manifestation of the author’s voice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: non-biographical context of biography; heroic mode; myth; artist; monodrama
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Фаховий коледж "Універсум" > Циклова комісія з видавничої справи, культури та української філології
Depositing User: Олена Бондарева Бондарева
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2022 08:19
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 08:19

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