MAY NOT THE STATE THEATRES OF THE CHANGING TURKEY CHANGE?
References: 3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2016, www.sgemsocial.org , SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-53-7 / ISSN 2367-5659, Apr 06-09, Book 4, Vol.1, 323-328 pp, DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/HB41/S06.041
Turkish State Theatre was founded in 1949. It stages plays in one fourth of Turkey (21 provinces), performing at 36 theatres. Since its foundation, the State Theatre has attracted a considerable number of theatregoers, turning into a reliable and respectable brand of the country in terms of dramatic arts. In recent years, however, the brand of the State Theatre has started to be questioned increasingly and loudly by those already engaged in the art of theatre.
Two basic duties of the State Theatre are to further the art of theatre to wider masses and to raise it to higher levels. In recent years, however, the only mission of the institution seems to have been reduced to making the art of theatre survive only. The State Theatre is criticized today mostly for failing to produce works that could further the art of theatre to higher levels.
The State Theatre still preserves its foundation principles even though the economic and cultural climates of the Republic, out of which it was born, have undergone radical changes today. It has a conservative stand as far as the basic values and principles of the Republic are concerned. The social and cultural structures of Turkey are undergoing a rapid change along with the economic structure of the country. Maintaining its existence as an unchanged state institution in the changing Turkey, the State Theatre seeks to meet the demands of the society today; however, the extent to which it meets these demands is a debatable issue today.
Keywords: Theatre, State Theatre, Turkish Theatre, Change
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