Item #1915 [UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]
[UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]
[UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]
[UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]
[UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]
[UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]
[UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]

[UKRAINIAN BOOK CONSTRUCTIVISM] Ot starogo k novomu: Kollektivnaia p’esa v 3 aktakh [i.e. From Old to New: A Collective’s Play in Three Acts]

Kharkiv: Molodoi rabochii, 1923. Item #1915

48 pp.: ill., 8 ills. 20,5x16,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Covers and title pagerestored, otherwise very good.

First and only edition. One of 5000 copies. Very rare.

This play was compiled and staged by a collective of the Kharkiv working club “Molodoi bolshevik” for celebrating the International Day of Youth on September 3, 1922.
Anonymous avant-garde cover design was likely produced by a club designer. The composition resembles a fragment of a clock face where a male figure acts as a clock hand and marks movement from a black (old) section to a red (new) one. The title page is a fine example of letterform constructivism : there is a frame of ornamented borders around two large words: leaping “old” and strict “new”, the world ‘ot’ is designed of typographical elements as well. Together, employees of the mentioned club were looking for a play relevant for Soviet working youth and finally decided to write a new one. The creative process was organized mainly through improvisation. The play was first staged in another working club in Kharkiv on September 2, 1923 and was greeted with enthusiasm. The performance included active communication with spectators that was common for amateur stagings in the
1920s. Before publishing in this edition, the play was revised and complemented with instructions for staging the play by other collectives. The play told the story about underage youth who worked and underwent hardship in the pre-revolutionary period until organizing a strike and becoming involved in the revolution.

The edition comprises 8 individual and group photographs of actors taken during the first production of the play. They were shot in front of drawn scenery showing factory machinery.
Besides, the text is decorated with drawn and photographic head- and tailpieces. An excellent example of early Ukrainian constructivism.

Worldcat shows copies located in Princeton, Harvard and California Universities.

Status: On Hold
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