Costume design for the Dance Master, Columbine’s Veil

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

  • Meyerhold later described Sapunov’s design: “For the sake of a grotesque effect, Sapunov transformed Gigolo into a parrot by combing his wig from back to front to resemble feathers, and by arranging the tails of his frock-coat in the form of a real tail.”*

    See book: p. 44; figure 10

    *Vsevolod Meyerhold, “The Fairground Booth,” in Meyerhold on Theatre, trans. and ed. Edward Braun (London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1998), 140.

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  • Performing Arts
  • Premiere: October 12, 1910
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  • Nikolai Sapunov, costume design for Gigolo, the Dance Master, Columbine’s Veil, based on the pantomime Pierrette’s Veil by Arthur Schnitzler, music by Ernő Dohnányi, adapted by Doctor Dapertutto (Meyerhold), directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold, House of Interludes, Saint Petersburg (premiere: October 12, 1910). Paper, graphite pencil, watercolor, 30.8 × 22.2 cm. ГИК 5199/291, ОР 10883. Copyright © Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music.


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