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Russian Theatre & Vsevolod Meyerhold

The purpose of this research is to examine the life and work of Vsevolod Meyerhold. The plan of the research will be to set forth a general outline of Meyerhold's position as a master of twentieth-century Russian theatre, and then to discuss the milestones of his creative path, with a view toward clarifying why one acknowledged as a refined aesthete and sophisticated artist should have accepted and indeed glorified the Bolshevik Revolution.

The role of V.E. Meyerhold in helping to refine modern stage theory and praxis is widely acknowledged. Indeed, from the earliest phases of his career, Meyerhold appears to have been a self-conscious innovator whose theory of the stage encompassed dramatic forms and dramaturgy responsive to and metaphorically representative of dimensions of reality that could compress the dynamic interaction between past and present, the temporal and the eternal, the human cosmos and its history and destiny, into the barest mise en scFne. How Meyerhold meant to accomplish this in general terms can be seen from the experimental focus of virtually all of his study and work.

From czarist Russia to the Bolshevik revolution to the politically charged environment of the Soviet Union between the wars, the line of Meyerhold's life seems sharply marked by defining moments and by attempts on his part to control the shape of those moments. His strengths as a theatrical innovator appear to have been discerned during his earliest studies, at the Musical Dramatic School of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. While there, he was invited to join the "newly founded Moscow Art Theatre," a joint creation of the acting teacher Konstantin Stanislavsky and Moscow Philharmonic Society chief Nemirovich-Danchenko (Hartnoll 638). After three years at the Moscow Art Theatre, Meyerhold formed his own provincial theatrical troupe, the Society of New Drama. As head of the Society, Meyerhold functioned as "actor, producer, artistic director, t...

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