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Adrian Piotrovski: The Pageants of 1920 (1922)
The Pageants of 1920 (1922)
(p. 159 – 166)

Adrian Piotrovski

The Pageants of 1920 (1922)

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Adrian Piotrovski

(1898–1937), philologist, translator (ancient Greek, Latin), critic, shot to death in 1937. Author of For a Soviet Theater (Za sovetski teatr, 1925) and the “Chronicle of Leningrad Festivities 1919–1922” (“Khronika Leningradskikh prazdnestv 1919-1922,” 1926).
Other texts by Adrian Piotrovski for DIAPHANES
Inke Arns (ed.), Igor Chubarov (ed.), ...: Nikolai Evreinov: »The Storming of the Winter Palace«

In 1920, the third anniversary of the October Revolution, The Storming of the Winter Palace was performed with a cast of 10,000. But as a reenactment this mass spectacle, directed by Nikolai Evreinov, was deceptive. It was intended to recall something—the storming of the Winter Palace as the beginning of the revolution—that it itself produced as a theatrical medium. This volume reconstructs the event with texts, photographs, and drawings, and shows how not only in the Soviet Union did the photograph of the theatrical “storming” become a historical document of the October Revolution.