Maeterlinck’s Premiere

December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

In 1908, Maeterlinck premiered Blue Bird at Constantin Stanislavski‘s Moscow Art Theatre. Little remains but these stunning cartes de visite.

I asked Stanislavsky eagerly for photographs of scenes from “The Blue Bird” or else for the original designs of the scenic artist so that I might have them copied… the photographs, I was told, were not available – except those of the players themselves – for the originals had been made by Fischer, a German, and had been destroyed in the pogrom at the beginning of the war in 1914. And in the difficult times Russia has undergone since then, no others have been made. When I pressed my point and asked about the orignal designs, the firm, square but kindly face of my host carried a passing glance of embarassed modesty and then admitted that there were no designs. He had conceived them himself and had personally directed the artist, V. E. Yevgenoff, in the execution of the settings.

The Russian Theater Under the Revolution by Oliver Sayler,1920

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