I am really, really a big fan of Sakha Theater. I love everything they did, do and will do. Recently I got a fantastic CD solely dedicated to the Sakha Theater set design. That’s a presentation disc, that gives profound information about the theater, its decor history, artists and their works. Saying a big thank to ST for providing me with the disc.
In this post I am presenting Vladimir D. Ivanov, an art director of the Sakha Theater, who worked almost thirty years ago. Further, please, find his profile and images of his works.
Vladimir D. Ivanov was born on Nov. 6, 1936. In the Orossun settlement in Yakutia’s Verkhnevilyuisky ulus.
In 1958 he finished the Yakut Artistic Specialized School, in 1964 graduated from Leningrad State Istitute of Theater, Music and Cenematography, the theater and decorative faculty.
1964 — 1967 — Art director of the Yakut State Musical and Drama Theater.
1975 — 1982 — Art director of the Yakut State Drama Theater (known also as Sakha Theater)
He was also a teacher at the Yakut Artistic Specialized School, but he had only 10 students, who graduated from the theater and decorative department was in 1976.
Passed away in Yakutsk in 1982.
About his works
Vladimir D. Ivanov worked all his life as an art director. At the same time he became well-known as a graphic artist. His artistic works included paintings and book drawings.
In the history of Yakut set design the searches of integral solutions in all graphic components of a performance, the organic combination of pictorial and constructive devices of staging are connected with the name of Vladimir D. Ivanov. His set design device differs. He did not take a great interest in ethnographic character though he did not refuse the realistic traditions of the Sakha Theater. His innovatory approach tells on the combination of expressive emotionality and bright decorative paiting with monumental volumetric and space solution of a stage.
The artist attached great importance to clothes of characters. Both historical and modern costumes with all details helped to create a special atmosphere reproducing the spirit and style of the present epoch. the class affiliation and temper of heroes.
In Sakha Theater Vladimir Ivanov staged performances of various genres and diffeent historical epochs. Among them there are Platon Ojyunsky’s performances The Red Shaman, The Stone Deer and A Morning on the Lena River, I. Gogolev’s Naara Suokh, Chingis Aitmatov’s The Maternal Field, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, I. Strauss’s The Blue Dunai ballet, etc.
As a producer and an artist, he realized his integral vision of a performance in plays G. Figeiredo’s A Fox and Grapes, A. Fedorov’s Three Birch Trees, V. Rasputin’s Money for Maria.
V. Invanov’s creativity, on the one hand, continues the pictorial and illusive generation and, on the other hand, had precipitated the appearance of new graphic-conventional manner of set design for the following decades.
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