Saturday 14 November 2015

"Vakhtangov and the Russian Theatre" Post production diary update 6

Vakhtangov, Gorky and Vakhtangov's students

Put together edit for Vakhtangov's production of Ibsen's Rosmersholm for the film Vakhtangov & the Russian Theatre.  

Its a short section but an important part of Vakhtangov's development. One thing which one needs to be careful of is that Vakhtangov's development as an artist is often seen in terms of a linear trajectory which moves logically from one production to another culminating in Turandot before his death. However the fact that Vakhtangov was approaching death influenced the choice of productions he undertook and how they were presented. As Vladislav Ivanov explained to me the fact that if Vakhtangov had not been in great pain and close to death it is unlikely that he would have chosen to stage Erik 14th Dybukk and Turandot. The themes of life and death run through these plays and in some sense defines their inner dynamic.

Steady progress with the first draft edit. The next stage is the Miracle of Saint Anthony section. 

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