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The New Economic Policy, 1921–1926

Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky

in The Soviet Theater

Published by Yale University Press

Published in print June 2014 | ISBN: 9780300194760
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780300211351 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.12987/yale/9780300194760.003.0004
The New Economic Policy, 1921–1926

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This chapter examines what happened in the history of Soviet theater and arts from 1921 to 1926. Lenin's New Economic Policy (NÉP) ushered in a relative golden age for the arts, a period in which experimentation could flourish and even be encouraged. Meyerhold was a towering figure during this period, a ubiquitous presence at premieres, rehearsals, public meetings, and debates as well as in print. His embrace of constructivist stage design and biomechanical acting was copied by theaters, studios, and schools throughout the USSR.

Keywords: Soviet theater; Soviet history; Lenin; economic policy; Meyerhold; biomechanics; constructivism

Chapter.  54627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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