Petrograd: Izd. “Sovremennoe iskusstvo” , 1917. Octavo (23 × 17 cm). Publisher's pictorial wrappers; 110,  pp. Cover illustration, frontis portrait, and typographic design by A. K. Shervashidze. Spine discretely rebacked; small tear to lower fold of front wrapper, still about very good.
First edition. The first monograph on Nikolai Nikolaevich Evreinov (1879-1953), a revolutionary theater director, playwright, and theorist associated with the Russian Symbolist movement. The author, Vasily Kamensky (1884-1961), was a well-known Futurist poet and artist, one of the founding members of the "Hylaea" group, which issued the famous "A Slap in the Face of Public Taste" in 1912. Kamensky writes rapturously about Evreinov’s ability to push theater beyond the traditional performance and into a mass action. He writes: “… we all became infected with a single desire to turn the ugly façade of life into hereto unseen beauty and came out onto the streets of more than twenty cities in colorful clothing with brightly colored faces.” In fact, Evreinov staged many parades and mass performances after the Bolshevik revolution. Perhaps most famously, he staged the mass spectacle “The Storming of the Winter Palace,” performed in 1920, on the third anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution in St. Petersburg’s Palace Square. Photographs of “The Storming” were subsequently taken for historical documentation, achieving the avant-garde conceit of merging life and art.
Book ID: P6184