Scene design for the wedding ball, Columbine’s Veil

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

  • In the design for this wedding-ball setting, the deep red curtains, borders, and entrances from Pierrot’s room remain (see Scene design for Pierrot’s room, Columbine’s Veil), but the space now is flooded with color from the costumes of the guests, decked out primarily in warm oranges and reds. Musicians play on a cramped stage, center, conducted by the Kapellmeister/Pianist in blue, his baton aloft. As the Kapellmeister/Pianist conducts, the Dance Master (in orange, downstage) argues with Harlequin (in motley).

    See book: p. 45, 46, 164; figure 11

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  • Performing Arts
  • Premiere: October 12, 1910
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  • Nikolai Sapunov, scene design for act 2 wedding ball, Columbine’s Veil, based on the pantomime Pierrette’s Veil by Arthur Schnitzler, music by Ernő Dohnányi, adapted by Doctor Dapertutto (Vsevolod Meyerhold), directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold, House of Interludes, Saint Petersburg (premiere: October 12, 1910). КП 176534. Copyright © A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow.