[KAMERNY THEATRE] Masterstvo teatra. Vremennik Kamernogo teatra. #1-2 [i.e. The Art of the Theatre. Kamerny Theatre Periodical]
[KAMERNY THEATRE] Masterstvo teatra. Vremennik Kamernogo teatra. #1-2 [i.e. The Art of the Theatre. Kamerny Theatre Periodical]
[KAMERNY THEATRE] Masterstvo teatra. Vremennik Kamernogo teatra. #1-2 [i.e. The Art of the Theatre. Kamerny Theatre Periodical]
[KAMERNY THEATRE] Masterstvo teatra. Vremennik Kamernogo teatra. #1-2 [i.e. The Art of the Theatre. Kamerny Theatre Periodical]

[KAMERNY THEATRE] Masterstvo teatra. Vremennik Kamernogo teatra. #1-2 [i.e. The Art of the Theatre. Kamerny Theatre Periodical]

Item #370

Moscow: Izd-vo Russkogo teatral’nogo obshchestva, 1922-1923. #1, 1922. 111, [1] pp.: ill. #2, 1923. 111, [1] pp.: ill. 22x17,5 cm. Both in original constructivist wrappers designed by Stenberg brothers. Very good. Some general light soiling of the wrappers, small tears and losses of the spine, front wrapper detached (#2).

Full set. #1 of 2000 copies, #2 of 1250 copies. Extremely rare periodical of the 1920s with many valuable materials.

These are the only two issues of Kamerny Theatre’s periodical. Issues include such interesting materials as photos of the theatre hall, set workshop, touring theatre company, portraits of A. Koonen, E. Uvarova, I. Arkadin and Tairov’s portraits, sketch of set and costume designs by P. Kuznetsov for the first theatre’s production ‘Sakuntala’, timetable of the productions, excerpts from set designers diaries, A. Lopukhin drawings, travel notes, K. Bal’mont’s article on Kamerny theatre and literature (including his unpublished poem; #2, p.39), and other.

Articles by leading experimental theatre experts of the time dedicated to problems of composition, theatre as science and as art, contemporary drama, set design, operetta, European theatre, classical theatre, puppet theatre, and other.
The Kamerny Theatre in Moscow was founded by the director Alexander Tairov (1885–1950) in 1914. There he created a fruitful field for experiments by staging foreign plays and including in his productions ballet, opera, music, mime, drama. It first became an alternative to the realism of Konsantin Stanislavsky’s Moscow Art Theatre. Over the next 35 years, this small, intimate theatre became ‘‘recognized as a major force in Russian theatre’’. Among the many reforms associated with the Kamerny are the use of different elements like music, dance, gesture, and the inclusion of chanted or intoned speech as well as constructivist art by Stenberg brothers. In many of its choreographed movements, which made use of offbeat rhythms and atonal sound patterns, the Kamerny anticipated certain dance configurations now associated with modern dance. (Britannica) The theatre was as much loved as criticized during its existence by different parties, and eventually shut down in 1949.

Worldcat locates copies in Harvard, Amherst College Library, Yale University Library.

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