Le pas d'acier (1927): a study in the historiography and reconstruction of George Jakulov's set design for Diaghilev's Soviet Ballet

Sayers, Lesley-Anne (1999) Le pas d'acier (1927): a study in the historiography and reconstruction of George Jakulov's set design for Diaghilev's Soviet Ballet. PhD thesis, University of Bristol.

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Abstract

This study attempts to explore and elucidate the nature of the Diaghilev Ballets Russes' production of Le Pas d'Acier, (1927). Its focus is the contribution of the Russian artist and scenic designer, George Jakulov. The thesis is accompanied by a model through which the study has undertaken a practical exploration of Jakulov's designs for Le Pas d'Acier, and the problems and possibilities of their reconstruction. Focussing on Jakulov's set design, this study explores the problems involved in the historiography of Le Pas d'Acier, producing a `natural history' of the research process. The study considers Jakulov's designs, concept and approach through locating and analysing primary source material. Presenting some previously unpublished materials, it explores the chronology of the design process and the nature of Jakulov's designs and concept. It identifies two distinct phases in the ballet's development; the production of the first scenario in 1925, (produced by Jakulov and Serge Prokofiev along with the music and designs), and the ballet's realisation in 1927. By comparing source materials relating to these two phases, the study identifies and explores the production's adaptations to the 1925 concept and designs. It then seeks to draw conclusions as to the significance of developments and departures. Locating, analysing and then using a variety of source materials, including contextual study of Jakulov's oeuvre and review descriptions, the study explores theoretically, and practically via the model, problems and possibilities in reconstructing the set design.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Stonyer, Andrewastonyer@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, HelenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Additional Information: PhD awarded by University of Bristol - Submitted to the University of Bristol through Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education which later became the University of Gloucestershire.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Performance Arts and Play
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 12:12
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 12:12
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6078

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