MODERNISM IN KYIV
edited by Irena R. Makaryk and Virlana Tkacz
published by University of Toronto Press, 2010
The study of modernism has been largely focused on Western cultural centers such as Paris, Vienna, London, and New York. Extravagantly illustrated with over 300 photos and reproductions, Modernism in Kyiv demonstrates that the Ukrainian capital was a major centre of performing and visual arts as well as literary and cultural activity. While arguing that Kyiv's modernist impulse is most prominently displayed in the experimental work of Les Kurbas, one of the masters of the early Soviet stage, the contributors also examine the history of the city and the artistic production of diverse groups including Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, and Poles.
Until now a silent presence in Western accounts of the cultural topography of modernism, multicultural Kyiv is here restored to its historical, intellectual, and artistic complexity. Excerpts taken from the works of artists, writers, and critics as well as the numerous illustrations help give life to the exciting creativity of this period. The first book-length examination of this subject, Modernism in Kyiv is a breakthrough accomplishment that will become a standard volume in the field.
`Modernism in Kyiv irestores the multicultural city of Kyiv to its rightful position as a major player in the dialogue and cross-pollination of ideas occurring between important modernist figures in centres such as Paris, New York, London, and Vienna. Engaging and highly readable, this collection is impressive in its scope, depth, and breadth.' (Michael Naydan, Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies, The Pennsylvania State University)
Irena R. Makaryk is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
Virlana Tkacz is the artistic director of the Yara Arts Group in New York.
For reviews: Modernism in Kyiv
Introduction: "Reconnecting Modernisms" by IRENA R. MAKARYK
PART ONE KYIV: 'SPECIAL AND BEWILDERING'
1 "Modernism in Kyiv: Jubilant Experimentation" by IRENA R. MAKARYK
2 "'A Theatrical Mecca': The Stages of Kyiv in 1907" by MAYHILL C. FOWLER (Princeton University)
3 "'Special and Bewildering': A Portrait of Late-Imperial and Early Soviet Kyiv" by MICHAEL F. HAMM (Centre College)
4 "Three Novels, Three Cities" by TARAS KOZNARSKY (University of Toronto)
5 "Film in Kyiv, 1910-1916" by OLEH SYDOR-HYBELYNDA (Film scholar and critic in Kyiv)
PART 2 KYIV THE EPICENTRE
6 "In the Epicentre of Abstraction: Kyiv during the Time of Kurbas" by DMYTRO HORBACHOV (Karpenko-Karyi National University of Theatre and Cinema)
7 "The Yiddish Kultur-Lige" by GENNADY ESTRAIKH (New York University)
8 "Politics and the Ukrainian Avant-garde" by MYROSLAV SHKANDRIJ (University of Manitoba)
9 "Kyiv's Multicultural Theatrical Life, 1917-1926" by HANNA VESELOVSKA (Karpenko-Karyi National University of Theatre and Cinema)
PART 3 'FIRE AND MOTION'
10 "Towards a New Vision of Theatre: Les Kurbas's Work at the Young Theatre in Kyiv" by VIRLANA TKACZ
11 "The Choreographic Avant-garde in Kyiv, 1916-1921: Bronislava Nijinska and Her Ecole de Mouvement" by MARIA RATANOVA (Harvard University)
12 "Kyiv, the 1920s, and Modernism in Music" by DAGMARA TURCHYN-DUVIRAK (formerly of the Insititute of Arts, Folklore and Ethnography in Kyiv)
13 "Music in the Theatre of Les Kurbas" by YANA LEONENKO (Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Kyiv)
PART 4 THE INVISIBLE MADE VISIBLE
14 "Les Kurbas's Early Work at the Berezil: From Bodies in Motion to Performing the Invisible" by VIRLANA TKACZ
15 "Abstraction and Ukrainian Futurist Literature" by OLEH S. ILNYTZKYJ (University of Alberta)
16 "The Graphics Arts: From Page Design to Theatre" by MYROSLAVA MUDRAK (Ohio State University)
17 "Dissecting Time/Space: The Scottish Play and the New Technology of Film" by IRENA R. MAKARYK
18 "On the World Stage: The Berezil in Paris and New York" by IRENA R. MAKARYK
PART 5 ELEGIES: REFLECTIONS ON THE FUTURE PAST
19 "Vsevolod Meyerhold and Les Kurbas" by BEATRICE PICON-VALLIN (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique)
WITH VERONIKA GOPKO-PEREVERZEVA
20 "Les Kurbas and the Spiritual Foundations of the Ukrainian Avant-garde" by NELLI KORNIENKO (Les Kurbas Center in Kyiv and the Academy of the Arts of Ukraine)
Over 680 pages with 21 color images and over 330 black and white photogrpahs $76 (with shipping in the US)
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