Meyerhold and the Cubists: Perspectives on Painting and by Amy Skinner

By Amy Skinner

This booklet deals a wealthy research of college practices within the theater of Vsevolod Meyerhold. concentrating on the philosophical and formal tenets of the shape, and helping her research with wide-ranging examples from either theater and wonderful artwork, Amy Skinner develops college as a framework for interpreting the total of the theatrical event, from scenography and mise-en-scène to textual content and spectatorship. An cutting edge exploration of the effect of university on 20th- and twenty-first-century theater, Meyerhold and the Cubists could be crucial for theater students and practitioners alike.

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Meyerhold and the Cubists: Perspectives on Painting and Performance

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22 Through this shared context, Meyerhold’s work reflects similar philosophical, social and, obviously in the Russian frame, political concerns as those of the artists, and the adaptation of arts practice to the conditions of theatrical production allows for an exploration of similar themes and similar practices in the work of Meyerhold and the cubists. Drawing on the themes apparent in Meyerhold’s engagement with the visual arts, a series of distinct types of relationship emerge between Meyerhold’s theatre and visual arts practice.

They have each been addressed in this chapter to provide context, and although their influence will continue to be felt throughout this volume, they are not the primary emphasis of this work. The fifth relationship, although causal in some senses, also indicates the utility of Meyerhold’s visual work to the study of his theatre. • • • The first relationship is that of visual art as inspiration for the theatre maker. Here, Meyerhold’s attendance at galleries, exhibitions and studios is significant, as is Mikhailova’s description of the director’s ‘vast’ range of visual reference points that he knew from memory and employed in production planning and rehearsal.

It was, to draw on the definition of the term agreed at the 1994 Moscow World Congress of the International Federation of Theatre Research, ‘scenographic’; that is, a writing of the stage space (see White 2009). In Meyerhold’s theatre, setting the scene meant the creation of a visual system for the communication of ideas: a performative and spatial language that could directly speak to and act on the spectator. The search for a distinctive stage language is at the heart of Meyerhold’s career, definitive in his approach to staging and rehearsing productions, training actors and directors, and collaborating with his co-workers.

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