Tokio: Kentsetsusha, 1933. Octavo (22.5 × 15.5 cm). Publisher’s pictorial wrappers, in the original decorative card slipcase; , 192,  pp. Twenty-four leaves of illustrations, reproductions. About very good. . Item #6327
Scarce early account of avant-garde Soviet theatre, written by the Japanese theatre director and critic Kinnaru Sonoike (1896–1972). Sonoike, very much roused by European modernist trends in theater, taught at the theater section of Bauhaus-inspired Shikenchiku K gei Gakuin (School of New Architecture and Design), which opened in Tokyo in 1932. Compiling Sonoike’s impressions of his visit to the Soviet Union in the previous year, the text is richly illustrated with nearly 100 photographs of theater, ballet, and opera performances in Moscow and Leningrad, as well as with drawings of various stage designs, and some figures and tables on Soviet theater. Sonoike discusses all major players of the Soviet stage, such as Nemirovich-Danchenko, Meyerhold, and Stanislavsky, whose portraits are also included. The text closes with a discussion of Soviet cinema and includes film stills from Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 “Mother” and Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 “Battleship Potemkin,” which were both banned by censorship and released in Japan only after WWII. KVK, OCLC only show the copies at the National Diet Library and Columbia University.