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The Soviet TheaterA Documentary History$
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Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194760

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194760.001.0001

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The New Economic Policy, 1921–1926

The New Economic Policy, 1921–1926

(p.131) Chapter Three The New Economic Policy, 1921–1926
The Soviet Theater

Laurence Senelick

Sergei Ostrovsky

Yale University Press

This chapter examines what happened in the history of Soviet theater and arts from 1921 to 1926. Lenin's New Economic Policy (NÉP) ushered in a relative golden age for the arts, a period in which experimentation could flourish and even be encouraged. Meyerhold was a towering figure during this period, a ubiquitous presence at premieres, rehearsals, public meetings, and debates as well as in print. His embrace of constructivist stage design and biomechanical acting was copied by theaters, studios, and schools throughout the USSR.

Keywords:   Soviet theater, Soviet history, Lenin, economic policy, Meyerhold, biomechanics, constructivism

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