Moscow: Kamerny teatr, 1921. Item #265
193 pp.: ill. 23x16 cm. Original illustrated wrappers. Some restoration of the covers and spine, some soiling, Soviet bookshop’s stamp and label on the recto of the rear cover. Otherwise very good.
First edition. One of 3000 copies. Rare.
Initials, illustrations and cover design by Alexandra Exter (1882–1949), one of the most experimental women of the Russian avant-garde. She contributed to the success of Russian theatre scene: three productions of the Kamerny Theatre in Moscow that she designed (‘Thamyris the Citharist’, ‘Salome’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’) are noted in the history of art as true masterpieces marked by costume and stage designs.
This is the first theatre analysis from the perspective of the constructivist method. It includes Tairov’s notes about all parts of theatre including actors, director, literature and music, costumes, theatre atmosphere and audience, and how all these parts should interact. Alexander Tairov (1885–1950) was Russian and Soviet actor and director. He was a founder of the Kamerny Theatre (1914–1949), a chamber theatre in Moscow. The decor for the theatre was designed by members of OBMOKHU (Society of Young Russian Artists). There was Konstantin Medunetskii, a Vladimir Tatlin’s and Alexander Rodchenko’s student. In 1922-1931 Stenberg Brothers was also designing sets and costumes for this theatre.