Borovikha: 1935. Item #125
Borovikha, the 5th of December of 1935. 6 pp. 30х21 сm.
This letter is Meyerhold’s response to memo sent to him by accountant-general of Meyerhold Theatre about employees getting personal salaries. This letter is addressed to Vladimir Glinsky (1888-1938), assistant director for the Theatre. The handwritten part is dedicated to personal salaries of workers and actors, first of all, Zinaida Raich, Igor’ Iliinsky, Mikhail Tsarev, S. Khmel’nitsky et al. Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874-1940) was a Russian theatrical producer, director, and actor whose provocative experiments in nonrealistic theatre made him one of the productive forces in modern theatre. Meyerhold founded his own theatre in 1920, which was known from 1923 as the Meyerhold Theatre until 1938. He inspired revolutionary artists and filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein, who studied with him. In the early 1930s, when Joseph Stalin repressed all avant-garde art and experimentation, his works were proclaimed antagonistic and alien to the Soviet people. Before his death he was tortured, and executed by the state (cleared of all charges in 1955).