• Brandakhlystova’s children, played by Vladimir Liutse (left) and E. Bengis (right), in Tarelkin’s Death, based on the play by Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold, designed by Varvara Stepanova, State Higher Theatre Workshops (GVYTM) (premiere: November 24, 1922). Negative reproduction, 11.7 × 8.7 cm. ГИК 9302/39, ОН 16024. Copyright © Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music.

Photo of a scene from Tarelkin's Death

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner


  • In this production photograph from Tarelkin’s Death, Brandakhlystova’s children ride on a broad, short seesaw, one of the many “acting instruments”* that Stepanova used to prompt the audience jolts that Eisenstein began calling attractions that same year.

    See book: p. 132, 133, 189, 279; figure 30

    *Edward Braun, Meyerhold: A Revolution in Theatre (London: Methuen Drama, 1998), 185.

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