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The Path of the Modern Russian Stage


The Path of the Modern Russian Stage

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    Alexander Bakshy
Excerpt from book: of gaining insight into the inner structure of the phenomena which have hitherto appeared as devoid of form and as defying analysis. However this may be, it would be hard to expect that my views will meet with immediate and universal acceptance. I can foresee innumerable objections. But I will deal only with one of them here, for it has a direct bearing on the subject of my essay, " The Path of the Modern Russian Stage." Since the memorable visits of Russian ballet and opera to this country, the main achievement of the Russian stage has been associated in the public mind with the striking pictorial effects which the Russian artists introduced in the methods of setting. The reader may, therefore, be justly surprised at finding that the present volume contains but scanty reference to the work of those artists and the problems attaching to the scenic use of pictorial element. It will, probably, be argued that this gap is due to the natural limitations of my methodwhich, it would seem, leaves outside its scope the scenic significance of colour. This conclusion, however, will not be justified. Far from ignoring the importance of colour, I believe that the theatre will ever extend the use of colour-effects, developing them along the lines suggested by such students of mobile colour as Mr Rimington and the late Scriabin. But this circumstance will never be able to alter the fact that as a power fashioning the form of a theatrical performance, colour will always remain subordinate to extension, serving only to qualify the relationship between the stage and the spectator by giving form to secondary characteristics of the play, such as style, character, etc. It is significant that the domination of the painter on the Russian stage started with the first attempts at " stylisation " ini...  
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  • Alexander Bakshy
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