Moscow: Tipo-litografiia GUVUZ, 1923. Item #891
Folded in half leaf of pink paper with loosely inserted half-sized leaf. 19x14,5 cm. Slightly deformed of water with few pale water stains.
First and only edition. One of 2000 copies. Extremely rare pamphlet with an avant-garde theater logo by unknown artist.
This is an attractive program of first Soviet performance ‘Pinocchio’ staged at the newly formed Moscow Theatre for Children under the rule of Natalia Sats (1903-1993). When Lunacharsky planned to start a Soviet theater for children in 1918, Stanislavsky recommended the 15-year-old, enthusiastic Natalia Sats. Soon after that, the young female director ran the first Soviet theater with a repertoire for children. Due to her age, the theater couldn’t get bank loans and it was rough going at the start. However, the theatre worked and, until her arrest in
1937, Sats was the director. After camp in Siberia, Sats was exiled to Alma-Ata (Almaty) where she also founded a theater for children. For performing the story of Pinocchio, interpreted by Sergei Shervinskii, the new artistic director Alexei Dikii turned prepared components of performance upside down changing composer and stage design. An innovative idea of decorations, consisting of huge toy blocks, was brought to life by artist Vladimir Koval’tsig. Overall 15 people were attracted to play design (all names are printed in the program). The performance of enthusiasts was finally crowned with success.
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