Moscow: Trudovoy Pechatnik, 1929. Item #753
19 pp.: ill. 25x17,5 cm. Original constructivist wrapper by Ilia Shlepianov (1900-1951). Occasional foxing, few places repaired with tape, otherwise good.
The booklet is dedicated to the summer tour of the theatre, with performances in Baku, Tiflis, Erevan, Batumi, Odessa and Kiev.
The design of the booklet is done by Ilia Shlepianov, who is best known as Meyerkhold student, designing several plays for his theatre, including ‘D.E.’ (1924) and ‘Bubus’ (1925). Being a designer and the director at the same time Shlepianov have left the theatre and joined the Theatre of the Revolution, where he worked until 1937. In his stage design he has used photomontage and collaborated with Rodchenko. The example of such collaboration is shown on p.8 of this booklet, with Rodchenko’s draft for the stage in the play ‘Ingi’, designed by Shlepianov, showing the scene in the club of the textile workers.
All in all, an interesting projection of the constructivism both in theatre and in book design.