Teatr.doc, with its focus on current socio-critical topics, stands out in Moscow's theatre landscape and presents itself as a creative site of negotiation for alternative discourses that have been banished from traditional mass media to social networks. The artists in this small theatre defy restrictions on freedom of speech with brave productions, readings, film screenings and discussions. In the documentary re-productions of grotesque interrogations and criminal proceedings, even the political performances of Pussy Riot and Petr Pavlensky gain an irritating meta-level on the stage of this off-theatre. The unique combination of real and fictive events truly develops its own specific momentum when members of the police force or religious activists loyal to the government storm theatre events. This article looks into the manifold amalgamations of reality and fiction in the context of Teatr.doc and examines its political significance.


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