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The water bearer pours forth the waters of wisdom, reminding us to never relinquish our powers to kings, priests, lords and gurus and to always follow our dreams. Aquarian is openly opposed to customs of the establishments and as such brings an alternative law unto itself 5 6.
Irrespective of the chosen profession, art form, and/or lifestyle, the Aquarian is the propagator of freedom; his energy seeks to help humanity to evolve its view of itself, to see itself in the intriguingly new and wonderous way 7 8.
Meyerhold was revered in variety and multiplicity like the star of his birth. He was an ardent defender of the free spirit who held in awe Commedia dell'arte. He applauded diversity and believed that the truth of life will not be found on realistic surfaces but beneath them. He was known to cherish the dance and drama of the Japanese Kabuki, the Spanish theatre plays, and the silent comedy of Chaplin and Keaton. Witnessing Isadora Duncan’s free and natural movements moved him to tears.
Having the loftiest conceptions of his calling, Meyerhold wanted to invent a new theatre with abstract plays like Tchaikovsky’s sensual symphony; a theatre that was unashamedly theatrical in its delivery; a theatre with new words and dreamlike new forms that would make the audience wish they could jump out of their seats.
“When a performer appears on stage his duty is to transport the spectator to a world of make-believe”.
“Are we as actors required merely to act? Surely, we should be thinking as well. We need to know why we are acting, what we are acting for, and whom we are instructing or attacking through our performance. And to do that we need to know the psychological and social significance of the play, to establish whether a given character is positive or negative, to understand which society or section of society the author is for or against.”
What impressed the shrewdest observe was Meyerhold’s most striking intellectual quality that swiftly progressed him from an actor into a director 23. Meyerhold deeply identified with his restless desire for change and with ardent fever forged towards Symbolism and a theatre of stasis.
“the stage is a world of marvels and enchantment; it is breathless joy and strange magic” 25.
Meyerhold's Biomechanics were designed to boisterously awaken a response in the soul and foster in the actor a sense of complete self-awareness and self-control in performance. Action! Sensation! Expression! One single movement, if generated correctly by the body - shows the fate of a human unfolding - whenever is needed at a moment’s notice.
“Each exercise is a melodrama; each movement gives the actor a sense of performing on the stage. If my means of expression are not equal to my intention then my emotions will have no impact, I may sob, even die on stage, but the audience will feel nothing if I lack the means of conveying to them what I want."
“What a fine weather today! Can’t choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself.”
Braun, E. 1995 Meyerhold: A Revolution in Theatre, UK: Methuen Publishing.
Dianina, K. 2013 When Art Makes News: Writing Culture and Identity in Imperial Russia (NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) US: Northern Illinois University Press.
Gerould, D. C 2000 Theatre Theory Theatre: The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel, US: Performing Arts Publishing Group.
Nemirovich-Drachenko: Theatre as life.
Rank, O. 1989 Art and Artist: Creative Urge and Personality Development, US: W.W. Norton & Company
1. Special Music and Theater issue of MA from the summer of 1924, MoMA Library.
2. Béla Kádár Dancers 1940
3. En attendant Godot, texte de Samuel Beckett, mise en scène de Otomar Krejca. Festival d'Avignon. 1978 / photographies de Fernand Michaud 1978
4. Anton Josef Trčka 1926 Eurythmische Tänzerinnen, Wikipedia open source
1) history plays an important part in our becoming;
2)learn from ideas you dislike; any progress is messy;
3)all arts have a major job to do; we need them so that important insights can be powerfully realised in our lives.