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Masquerade - 1917: Farewell to Imperial Russia

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University of Leeds, Parkinson Court

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Join Dr Vera Pavlova as she analyses Vsevolod Meyerhold's 1917 “Masquerade.” A play named by contemporaries as the Requiem for the Russian Empire, reflecting the end of the imperial epoch

"Masquerade", staged by Vsevolod Meyerhold in the Alexandrinsky Theatre in 1917 was named by contemporaries as the Requiem for the Russian Empire, reflecting the end of the imperial epoch - ambivalent, tragic, and apparently extremely fragile.

At the same time, it also opened a new page in Russian history - when on 25 February 1917 the actors first performed "Masquerade" in front of refined gentlemen sitting in the stalls with aristocratic ladies in silk and diamonds, the Revolution had already started outside in Petrograd - the workers were on strike, gunshots could be heard on the streets, the roads were closed by police.

The talk analyses "Masquerade" as a socio-cultural and art phenomenon that appeared in-between two epochs and demarcated 'the 'point of no return' - in theatre, in art, in society and in history.

This talk is free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Dr Vera Pavlova is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Having worked in a number of major theatre and art institutions in Russia, she has vast experience with both the practice and theory of Russian theatre studies.

For further information please contact the Gallery by email: gallery@leeds.ac.uk or telephone: (0113) 343 9803

Image: Design of Main Curtain for the Theatre Play "Masquerade" by M. Lermontov, 1917. From the collection of the State Central A. Bakhrushin Theatre Museum

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