April in Paris: Theatricality, Modernism, and Politics at the 1925 Art Deco Expo
Attracting over fifteen million visitors, the 1925 Paris Expo had an ambitious goal to create a new modernist style which would reflect the great scientific, industrial, and technological advances that produced a new spirit known as "modern." In April in Paris, author Irena R. Makaryk explores the theatre arts’ vital cultural and political impact at this celebrated international exhibition.
Drawing extensively from unexplored archival documents from France, Austria, and North America, April in Paris is the first major study to focus on theatre arts at the 1925 Paris Expo and the audacious Soviet contributions to this fair. Turning a spotlight on the uses and representations of theatricalized spaces, Makaryk analyses their political challenge at a time when relations between the West and the USSR were rife with tension. Copiously illustrated with beautiful colour and black and white illustrations, this book elucidates the complex role of the international fair as a catalyst for spirited cultural debate and for aesthetic change.
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- Page Count: 328 pages
- Illustrations: 71
- Dimensions: 6.2in x 1.2in x 9.1in
"This book would be of particular interest to researchers investigating the general topics of arts and exhibitions, and the role of international fairs in presenting new concepts in art and design to a world audience. In addition, for scholars of Soviet history this book provides detailed information on the topics of the Soviet Union’s self-image and how it tried to depict itself to the outside world in its first decade of existence, as well as the early Soviets’ attitudes on the role of the arts in promoting their country."
Ayse Dietrich, Middle East Technical University
International Journal of Russian Studies
"Both engaging and informative, April in Paris offers the reader the ultimate experience: to go back in time as if strolling through the Grand Palais and the numerous pavilions which presented their diverse national achievements and ambitions."
The French Review
"April in Paris is a consistently engaging and insightful monograph, full of the connections that provoke further study."
"Organizing her study through a series of questions that bring to the fore the role of modern theater design in charting new forms of space, creativity, and audience, Makaryk also tracks for readers the cultural dynamics of expositions and the role of recalcitrance, primarily on the part of the exposition’s planning committee, in dampening the impact the most modern designs and theatrical experiments could have had on the evolution of theater."
"With highly original material and analysis, April in Paris fills a gap in our knowledge of international expositions, and offers an interesting perspective on Soviet attempts to interact with a world that was not ready to recognize the Bolshevik government. Irena R. Makaryk’s work underscores the importance of theatre in the history of modernism."
Alison Rowley, professor of History, Concordia University
"Well written, accessible, and engaging, April in Paris brings together interesting and surprising threads in order to illuminate modernist culture and its influence on the rest of the twentieth century."
Ihor Junyk, associate professor of Cultural Studies, Trent University
Author InformationIrena R. Makaryk is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Note to the Reader on Transliteration
Introduction. April in Paris 1925: "as important as the Renaissance"
1 Theatricalizing the City: Space, Modernism, and the Paris Expo
2 April in Paris 1925: Staging the New Spirit
3 Conquering Space: The Soviets in Paris
4 Great Expectations: Space and Theatre Arts
5 Trial by Space: Incarnating the Revolution
6 Battling Traditional Space: Bringing Modernism from Paris to New York
7 Transformative Space: Into the Future
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