Odessa: DOTOB, 1929. 64 pp.: ill., 2 folding charts, one of them loosely inserted. In original wrappers with constructivist design. In very good condition. Covers
slightly restored, a couple of colored pencil marks on photographs, otherwise very good condition.
Both covers were designed in the constructivist style. The front one shows the montage consisting of the theater building, people’s march, notes, hammer and sickle, a toothed wheel above it and letterpress design of DOTOB (an abbreviation of Odessa State Theater of Opera and Ballet). The composition was drawn by Ukrainian artist G.S. Gural’nik. The back cover was decorated with the theater’s logo. This interesting and richly illustrated edition features avantgarde performances staged at this theater in 1929-1930. Among them were plays designed by Anatol Petrytskii (1895-1964), one of the key figures of Ukrainian theatre design who also worked on posters and books. Petrytskii was involved in experiments of Murashko and Exter, studied under Drevin and Konchalovsky at VKhUTEMAS. He took part in kverofuturist projects initiated by poet Mykhaylo Semenko, joined societies ‘Flamingo’ (1919-1921) and ‘New generation’ (1927-1930). Full of innovative ideas, Petrytskii formed the national art within the new stream. Apart from him, the theater attracted well-known theatrical artists Vladimir Muller, Mikhail Kurilko as well as G. Pavlovich, I. Nazarov and M. Pokrovsky. With their art, the constructivist theater still triumphed in Odessa at that time.
The book contains photographs of productions ‘Taras Bulba’ and ‘Igor of Kiev’ (designed by Petrytskii), ‘Duma of Black Sea’ by Muller, ‘The Golden Cockerel’, ‘Break-up’ and ‘Othello’ (designed by Pavlovich), ‘Turandot’ (designed by Kurilko), ‘The Red Poppy’ (designed by M. Pokrovsky), and others. The photographs of actors and two folding charts of the hall are included as well.
After the theatre was burnt in a fire in 1925, it truly revived and found the strength to press on at top performance.
No copies located in the Worldcat.