• Carnival scene, Princess Brambilla: A Kamerny Theatre Capriccio, after Hoffmann, based on the novella by E. T. A. Hoffmann, directed by Alexander Tairov, Moscow Kamerny Theatre (premiere: May 4, 1920). Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 2328, op. 1, ed. khr. 378: 5.

Photo of a carnival scene, Princess Brambilla

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

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  • In this production photograph, carnival revelers in black half masks dance with wild abandon, the curves of their bodies consonant with the curves of the whimsical set.

    The physicality of the actor on the far right recalls Jacques Callot’s etching Franca Trippa and Fritellino from the Balli di Sfessania (c. 1621). On the far left is one of the puppets created by the Kamerny’s puppetry division for the production.

    See book: p. 119; figure 27

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  • Premiere: May 4, 1920
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