• Sergei Eisenstein, stage designs for Gozzi’s The Snake Woman (February 26, 1918). From top to bottom: stage-within-a-stage, ground plan of the forestage, and forestage “attendants” pulling back the curtain. Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 1923, op. 1, ed. khr. 698: 11.


  • [Top image:]
    Overview of the forestage for C. Gozzi’s féerie The Snake Woman.


    [Center image:]
      Door    Door
    Wings    Forestage    Wings

    [Bottom image:]
    Costumes of the attendants.
    Curtain system.

Stage designs for The Snake Woman

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

  • Scene design in red, purple, and blue for The Snake Woman, created in three parts: a front elevation, ground plan, and a detail of the curtain mechanism and attendants. Emphasis in these designs is on the forestage as a primary playing area and on the fully visible attendants—a refraction of Meyerhold’s forestage servants—who pull back the stage curtain.

    See book: p. 143; figure 33

Creator Role
  • Performing Arts
  • February 26, 1918
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