Construction: The Convergence of City and Stage in Russian Constructivism

  • Cathy Turner
Part of the New Dramaturgies book series (ND)


In an essay entitled ‘A Free Port’, Viktor Shklovsky writes of a makeshift structure that masked St Petersburg’s statue of Tsar Alexander III on the occasion of the first anniversary of the October Revolution, in 1918. This Bolshevik structure, characteristically covered with text, as if arguing itself into existence, paradoxically draws attention to the statue that it conceals. Shklovsky recollects the street urchins who would run from the police to hide beneath this ‘Monument’. Having reached its safety, ‘they would lie low in that strange place — in the void beneath the planks that separate Tsar Alexander III from the revolution’ (Shklovsky 2005 [1923]: 126–7).


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