Vsevolod Meyerhold

by Robert Leach

Cambridge University Press | February 26, 1993 | Trade Paperback

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This book traces the career of the Russian revolutionary theater director, Vsevolod Meyerhold, from his early years as a founding member of the Moscow Art Theater with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko, through his Symbolist period, his experiments with commedia dell''arte and other popular forms, and his glittering triumphs in the tsarist imperial theaters. Leach examines Meyerhold at the height of his fame and influence after the Russian Revolution and during his demise in the Stalin era. He describes in detail Meyerhold''s "system" of theater, which involved the audience, the place of the forestage, "biomechanics" and actor training, and the mise-en-scene. An exploration of Meyerhold''s legacy, which can be detected in the work of Brecht, Eisenstein, Peter Brook and others, concludes the study.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 in

Published: February 26, 1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521318432

ISBN - 13: 9780521318433

Found in: Drama History and Criticism, History and Criticism, History and Criticism

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Vsevolod Meyerhold

by Robert Leach

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 in

Published: February 26, 1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521318432

ISBN - 13: 9780521318433

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; 1. A life; 2. The fourth dimension; 3. The actor''s business; 4. The mise-en-scène; 5. Rhythm; 6. Meanings; 7. Masquerade; 8. Meyerhold and Mayakovsky; 9. The legacy; Chronology; List of Meyerhold''s productions; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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This book traces the career of the Russian revolutionary theater director, Vsevolod Meyerhold, from his early years as a founding member of the Moscow Art Theater with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko, through his Symbolist period, his experiments with commedia dell''arte and other popular forms, and his glittering triumphs in the tsarist imperial theaters. Leach examines Meyerhold at the height of his fame and influence after the Russian Revolution and during his demise in the Stalin era. He describes in detail Meyerhold''s "system" of theater, which involved the audience, the place of the forestage, "biomechanics" and actor training, and the mise-en-scene. An exploration of Meyerhold''s legacy, which can be detected in the work of Brecht, Eisenstein, Peter Brook and others, concludes the study.

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This book traces the career of the Russian revolutionary theatre director, Vsevolod Meyerhold, from his early years as a founding member of the Moscow Art Theatre with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko, through his Symbolist period, his experiments with commedia dell''arte and other popular forms, and his glittering triumphs in the tsarist imperial theatres. Leach examines Meyerhold at the height of his fame and influence after the Russian Revolution and during his demise in the Stalin era. He describes in detail Meyerhold''s ''system'' of theatre: his attitude to the audience, the place of the forestage, ''biomechanics'' and actor training, and the importance of the mise-en-scene. Finally, Leach explores Meyerhold''s legacy, which can be detected in the work of Brecht, Eisenstein, Peter Brook and others.

As the first comprehensive account of Meyerhold''s approach to the theatrical event, it will be of interest to students and scholars of theatre studies, directors and theatregoers. The book contains numerous illustrations from productions and a chronology of Meyerhold''s works.

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As the first comprehensive account of Meyerhold's approach to the theatrical event, it will be of interest to students and scholars of theatre studies, directors, and theatregoers. The book contains numerous illustrations from productions and chronology of Meyerhold's works.

Editorial Reviews

"Vsevolod Meyerhold is a cogently written overview of a fascinating theatrical era and its greatest single exemplar...." James Fisher, Comparative Drama
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