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On the Theatricality of the Subtracting Text:Taking the Russian Play Yepugeni Onegin as an Example

WANG Yinjie;Fashion Designer & Engineer School, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University;  
Theatricality has been a hot issue in the study of contemporary theater arts in recent years. It is an aesthetic dimension, an artistic form, and also an effective paradigm for thinking about the linguistic framework such as the publicness and ethics of theater. In light of Roland Barthes' definition of theatricality as “subtracting text”(the existence of the object that exists in space independent of the play), this paper analyzes the production of Yevgeny Onegin by the Russian Vakhtangov Theatre Company. It concludes that theatricality is not only a law of dramatic creation, but a creative concept that causes the change of the boundaries between audience and performance and promotes an equal movement of various elements. Thus, the theater becomes the philosophical theater with “the plane of immanence” as Deleuze puts it.
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