Stage design for The Wedding Feast of the Boyar gouache, newspaper and collage on card 28.5 x 45.5cm (11 1/4 x 17 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Private collection, England
The Wedding Feast of the Boyar was a ballet choreographed by Boris Romanov, with music by Glinka, Dargomyzhsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. It was presented by Russisches Romantisches Theatre (The Romantic Russian Theatre) in Berlin as Bojarenhochzeit on 14 October, 1922.
'in [The Wedding Feast of the Boyar]... Tchelitchew filled the stage with bolts, waves, rectangles and semicircles of patterned designs applied to the upper halves of the irregular shaped backdrops. Simpler shapes of marbleized and solid colors formed backgrounds to the props and dancers who were costumed in elaborate dresses and head-dresses, and ornamented with bangles, tassels and spangles.' [Donald Windham, 'The Stage and Ballet Designs of Pavel Tchelitchew', Dance Index, Donald Windham (ed.), New York, 1944, p.6]
Diaghilev saw The Wedding Feast and on that basis commissioned Tchelitchew to design a work for his Russian Ballet, resulting in Ode.
Although Tchelitchew's work for the Berlin productions garnered an enthusiastic reception, documentation on the productions is very limited, hence the rarity of a design such as the offered lot.