8AN UNKNOWN LEGACYUncovering Traces of Savva Mamontov’s Work in Meyerhold’s Conditional Theatre

Donatella Gavrilovich

DOI: 10.4324/9781003110804-13


This chapter focuses on the influence exerted by Savva Mamontov’s aesthetic conception and theatrical experimentation on Vsevolod Meyerhold’s theoretical and practical activity. Dealing with this topic is not easy for several reasons. In Russia the Mamontov rehabilitation process only began in 2008, after which he was praised as a patriot, entrepreneur, and patron of the arts. Unfortunately, a curtain of silence about his theatrical activity still remains, as it was in Soviet times. In the books on Russian theatre history, in particular, those by Pavel Markov (1974–1977, 1976), which are ...

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