Introduction: Vakhtangov in the twentieth and twenty-fi rst century theatre context: justifying theatre and liberating the actor
The actor was asserted as the creative origin of the performance; [. . .] The character did not absorb the actor; the character’s weight did not bend the actor’s individuality to its will; the actormaster and histrionic-revealed its simple, but personal essence (large or small, signifi cant or insignifi cant). This essence was intrinsic and distinctive to him alone. [. . .]
Vakhtangov justifi ed theater’s existence that was on the verge of becoming fruitless, and annihilated its ethical and moral contradictions.