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Georgian Avant-Garde Theater

Sakhelmts’ipo Kartuli Drama K’ot’e Marjanishvilis khelmdzhgavanelobit gast’rolebi Khark’ovsa da Mosk’ovshi [Performance Tours in Kharkov and Moscow of the State Academic Drama Theatre directed by Kote Marjanishvili, April-May 1930].

Tbilisi: Sakhelgami, 1930. Octavo (24 × 17 cm). Original photo-illustrated wrappers; XIII, 79, [3] pp. With 14 illustrations. Front wrapper illustrated with a portrait of Kote Marjanishvili. Wrappers worn and beginning to detach from text; else internally very good.

Rare monograph on the first foreign tour of a Georgian theater troupe, the Second State Georgian Theatre, led by Kote Marjanishvili (1872–1933). Its performances in Kharkov and Moscow were very favorably received, due in part to the innovative outlook of the director, the actors, and the avant-garde-inspired stage designers. Marjanishvili was a follower of Konstantin Stanislavsky who worked widely in Russia before returning to his native Georgia, now newly brought under Soviet rule, in 1922 in order to lead the Rustaveli Theater. He had made a name for his lavish large-scale performances, such as the utopian “Toward a Worldwide Commune” but also his production of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” in 1917. He left the Rustaveli Theater in 1926, becoming active mainly in the province, before re-emerging with the newly-established Second State Georgian Theater, which was later named after him. Among the plays performed by the theater were Shalva Dadiani’s “Kakal Gulshi,” Karlo Kaladze’s “How”, as well as foreign plays such as Ernst Toller’s “Hoppla! We are alive.” Many of the stage designs were created by David Kakabadze. Nine black-and-white illustrations depict the actors and various samples of the set design. The book also reproduces reviews from Russian and Ukrainian press, as well as lists of the actors and related theatre personnel. One of 3000 copies. Chepyzhov 73.

As of April 2020, not located in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 50679

Price: $750.00