Victory Over The Sun

Russian Revels, Rose Bruford College

Language: In English

Pushkin House in collaboration with Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and Russian Revels invites you to Victory Over The Sun , Book Launch and Theatrical Dinner.

In 1913, the year in which the Romanovs celebrated their tercentenary, the world premieres of two revolutionary theatrical events brought Russian artists to the forefront of the European avant-garde. With its nonsensical ‘trans-sense’ libretto by Kruchenykh and Khlebnikov, experimental music by Matiushin, and pioneering abstract sets and costumes by Malevich, which occupy a pivotal position on his path to abstraction, the Futurist opera Victory over the Sun was even more radical than the ballet The Rite of Spring, and just as shocking. This epoch-making ‘anti-opera’, now recognised as a key event of avant-garde cultural production, and a turning point in stage history, was partnered by an equally uncompromising Futurist play – Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy, a one-man show, starring Vladimir Mayakovsky. Both works, which were staged at the Luna Park Theatre in St. Petersburg in December 1913, were performed just twice, but the scandal they created stayed long in the memory of their audiences.

Explore the legendary opera Victory Over the Sun, first performed in 1913 in St. Petersburg by the Russian Futurists.

An introductory lecture will be presented by Dr. Rosamund Bartlett, co-editor with Sarah Dadswell of a new book Victory Over the Sun (University of Exeter Press).

The lecture will be followed by dinner in Futurist style and performances of excerpts from The Futurist play Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy’by Vladimir Mayakovsky and Piano Sonata No.5 by Alexander Scriabin performed by Julian Gallant.

Scenography by Olga Novgorotseva.

6.30 pm illustrated lecture by Dr.Rosamund Bartlett. Admission free

8.00 pm Theatrical performance and dinner. Tickets £ 45.

Official partners Russian Revels and Rose Bruford College

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