By Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Timothy C. Westphalen
Aleksandr Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas gathers jointly for the 1st time in English translation the 1st 3 performs via Aleksandr Blok, the pre-eminent poet of Russian Symbolism and one of many maximum poets of the 20th century. the 3 performs that represent the trilogy - A Puppet convey, The King at the sq. and The Unknown girl - are pivotal records within the improvement of modernist drama. In his productions of A Puppet express; and The Unknown girl, Meyerhold first started to paintings the fundamental tenets of his method of gruesome and constructivist theatre. furthermore, A Puppet express supplied the muse and masses of the root for Meyerhold's theoretical writings. for that reason, those performs are essential to any pupil of Meyerhold or modernist theatre. The performs are offered within the context of the poetry from which they issued with the intention to recommend how Blok constructed the subjects and motifs of the performs in different genres.
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There in the corner, beneath the icons, In a crowd that crumples variously, Rolling his childish eyes, The deceived Pierrot trembling. 7 October 1902 37 38 Blok’s trilogy of lyric dramas AT ROUND TABLES, EVERYBODY WAS SCREAMING At round tables, everybody was screaming, Changing places excitedly. From the steam of the wine, it was dim. ” Nobody heard anything. Like beasts, everybody yelped furiously, But himself not knowing why, one – He swayed and laughed, pointing at him And at the girl coming in the door.
PIERROT. I stood between two streetlights And listened to their voices As they whispered, huddled in their coats. Night kissed them on the eyes. And the silver blizzard twined A wedding ring for them. And I saw right through the night – my girlfriend Smiled into his face. Oh, then he seated my girlfriend In a cabman’s sleigh. In a frosty mist I wandered, Following them from far away. Oh, he entangled her in nets, And, laughing, jingled his bell! But when he wrapped her up, Face down, oh, my girlfriend fell!
A hot wind spreads death. (They disperse. The Third emerges from behind the stone. In the dry features of his face and his bony body he is, more than anything, like a bird. On the square in front of the palace, people start walking by. Several dandies pass to and fro. ) FIRST WORKER. Work has begun. Come along quickly. SECOND WORKER. Yesterday one of them came to talk with us. He forbade us to build. He said the storm would shatter everything. (They pass by in a hurry. The wind chases little streams of dust.
Aleksander Blok's Trilogy of Lyric Dramas: A Puppet Show, The King on the Square, and The Unknown Woman (Routledge Harwood Russian Theatrearchive) by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok, Timothy C. Westphalen