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1975 » Soviet union » Stage and costume design

Curator:N. N. Bankovskaja


Scenarist of the exhibition: B. Knoblok The aim of the present exposition is to provide an idea of contemporary theatre life in the Soviet Union and to demonstrate the level of artistic maturity of the foremost stage designers, as well as their individual concepts of art and the world. In recent years developments in this field have been characterized by numerous enquiries into the designing aspects of productions. These researches do not have a common denominator nor a single dominant trend. The unique large stage designing schools which have developed in numerous Soviet republics, have an important role to play in this context. The work of stage designers have been broadly represented at all larger exhibitions of graphic art. Also a new tradition is being formed with the organisation of inter-republican stage design Triennials. The modifications of various traditional stage design systems, as always, form organic wholes. The new concept of the stage as a platform which is opened up towards the audience has been established. Thus the world of drama develops before the audience, which one might say, is beginning to participate in the performance; the task of the stage designer is to provide a foundation for this action, to provoke it and organise it. Even when evident and conscious sequences are taken into account, the attitude towards certain elements of scenic compositions are changing. The stress is not on architectual or technological innovation as such, but upon a new concept of the aesthetic possibilities of various materials, the manner in which they are used, the manner of lighting, the manner in which objects are assembled on the stage. The approach to poetic metaphores has become more complex, the image of the performance is becoming poly-semantic. Certain theatres are, to a growing extent, becoming aware of the fact that stage designs form a graphic environment in which the action takes place. This requires an activisation of all graphic elements, as well as methodical control of the audience s perception, according to the structure of the performance. An active interpretation of the text is a witness to the depth of thought, not only concerning the subject of the text, but also life itself, which is reflected by the theatre. The stage designer can offer an integrated concept of the performance and thus bring forth a challenge to all other authors, to consider, with the same degree of responsibility and seriousness, the theatre as a dialogue with the audience on current problems.

Exhibiting artists / ateliers

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  • David Borovskij (David Borovsky)
  • Sofia Junovič
  • Eduard Kočergin
  • Valerij Levental
  • Marina Sokolova
  • Enar Stenberg
  • Josif Sumbatašvili
  • Alexandr Vasiljev
  • Nikolaj ZOLOTARJEV (Nikolaj Zolotarev)
  • Zaven Aršakuni
  • Oleg Kočakidze
  • Jevgenij Lysik
  • Simon Virsaladze
  • Christiane ZEUMER
  • Ilmars Blumbergs
  • Mart KITAJEV
  • Mari-Lijs KJULO-PANSO
  • Jevgenij KUMAŇKOV
  • David LIDĚR
  • Vladimir MAKUŠENKO
  • Vitalius MAZURAS (Vitalis MAZURAS)
  • Gunars Zemgals
  • Boris Messerer
  • Andris Freibergs
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