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Re: [xmca] Vygotsky and Gordon Craig's Hamlet
I have this, though it doesn't seem to make sense, from:
Vygodskaia, G. I., & Lifanoya, T. M. (1999). Lev Semonovich Vygotsky. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology, 37(3), Whole number.
"Lev Semen6vich developed an interest in the theater early, back in his high-school years; he would try never to miss a play by a local group or a visiting theater group. In Moscow the student art group became his favorite theater, and he would visit it often with pleasure. In fact, such plays as Malen 'kie tragedii, Brat 'ia Karamazovy, Nikolai Stavrogin were events in Moscow's theater life. Hamlet was staged by Gordon Craig, the English director, in this theater in 1916, when Lev Semenovich was still a university student. The staging was original: there was no set: the play was performed on a bare stage. This made it possible to concentrate the spectators' attention on the actors and their performance. The role of Hamlet was played by v.I. Kachelov. This play was, of course, espe- cially interesting to Lev Semenovich." (p. 34)
On Jan 31, 2013, at 3:15 PM, Bella Kotik-Friedgut <email@example.com> wrote:
> Vygotsky came to Moscow in 1913
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:09 AM, kellogg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Does anyone happen to know whether Vygotsky personally saw the Gordon
>> Craig version of Hamlet in Moscow in 1912? He would have been sixteen, I
>> guess, and it was about the time he was starting to write about Hamlet.
>> I'm reading a book which attempts to reconstruct the Gordon Craig version
>> of Hamlet (directed by Stanislavsky). It has the interesting that the
>> production was greater than the sum of its antithetical parts. Craig saw
>> the play in intensely psychological terms (Craig believed that only Hamlet
>> was a real person, and everybody else in the play has the same status as
>> the ghost). Stanislavsky, on the other hand, saw it in equally intense
>> sociological terms (Stanislavsky believed that it should be historically
>> accurate, and that is why he insisted on a medieval rather than a
>> Renaissance setting).
>> And so of course it occurs to me that Chapter Eight of Psychology of Art
>> is an attempt to square the circle. But on p. 172 he speaks disapprovingly
>> of the 1924 revival of the Gordon Craig version by Michael Chekhov, because
>> it transforms Hamlet into an action hero, puts Claudius in the role of
>> nemesis, and confers extraordinary depth of character on Hamlet.
>> Kozulin seems to think that Vygotsky really sided with Craig against
>> Stanislavsky, that is, he saw the work as a mystery play and not a bit of
>> realism. I am not so sure: The way I read Vygotsky, he really turns Craig
>> upside down: Hamlet is the ONLY person in the play who has no real
>> character at all.
>> I also think that reading Hamlet as a myth or a mystery play makes it
>> quite impossible to achieve what Vygostky is really trying to get out of
>> the play: a little model of the mind as a sociological backstage and
>> a psychological proscenium, with the great midstage occupied by various
>> forms of speech.
>> David Kellogg
>> Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
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> Sincerely yours Bella Kotik-Friedgut
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