Friday, 27 May 2016

Set from "The Dawn" by Meyerhold, Moscow Russia 1920

A setting from  Émile Verhaeren's The Dawn, directed by Vsevold Meyerhold (1874-) with the set design by Vladimir Dmitriev at Meyerhold Theatre (RSFSR First Theatre), Moscow, 1920

"Combining his Theatrical October beliefs with scenic constructivism and a performance style taken from the circus, Meyerhold began staging productions with his new company, the RSFSR First Theatre, including The Dawn (1920) and Mayakovsky’s second edition of Mystery Bouffe (1921).  These works were not supported by Bolshevik leaders and were sharply criticised by Lenin's wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, in the leading party newspaper, Pravda.  As a result, the theatre was closed and Meyerhold was fired from his position at Narkompros for excessive radicalism."

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