Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania on November 6, 1929 · Page 3
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IMPORTANT EVENTS IN WORLD CENTERS By ECGENfi LTONS. Start Correspondent. MOSCOW, Nov. 6.—"Flood the land •with beauty!" Such Is the command Issued by Vsevelod Meierhold, generalissimo of the modernistic vanguard In the Russian theatre, as the hew •eason gets under way. The command is startling, at least to anyone who has followed art tendencies here since the revolution. It •truck certain coteries, which made a • religion of drabness and severity, with all the force of a bomb-sh'ell. • It's a reversal of strategy. Until Row Meierhold's standing order was: "Down with beauty on the stage!" Realizing that the old-fashioned theatre sacrinced too much to mere prettlness, he and his followers went to the other extreme.. They ruled out beauty as a "bourgeois prejudice," aa a silly indulgence for the middle classes: • .'Such 1 • things, • they shouted, were-out of place In the hard materll- 1st society^ . ; . . . ' And now 1 , .suddenly, the outlaw Has been amnestied. Beauty is up again on the stage. . MeierHold's. commands are obeyed. Dramatists \ are revising their stage Instructions.' Actors .are revising their facial expressions. Critics are revising their adjectives. And the repercussion will sooner 'or later be felt in theatre sircles abroad tob. For dome yeirs the theatre of Meier- hold has. been a fountain-head of inspiration for many of the "little theatre" movements throughout the world. Many a, great stage and re-' . modeled stable in Paris, New York or Little Falls 'will continue to: outlaw \beauty'for a season or so; unaware of Uho change of orders. But eventually, 'the new edict will reach, them. In a kind of manifesto . published Melerhold admits that the so-called "constructlvlst theatre has became too colorless. . Maybe he is a little tired himself of 'the bare, rigid stage-sets. Maybe •' ho' senses the . fact that his public is getting • restive and seeks to slake its thirst for pageant and color elsewhere. He has reached the -con-*' elusion, at any rate, that in the soviet struggle against those it considers its enemies—the church, the well-to-do peasants, etc.—the simple appeal to beauty is too valuable a weapon to be thrown away. "With the Kulaks (rich peasants) Btill deeply rooted in the village," Meierhold writes, "with the evangelists belaboring our youth, we must declare that all cultural workers in the field of the theatre must make even greater, efforts so that our land may be flooded with beauty." •The calj has come at an opportune time, Russia today faces the danger of being transformed into a single huge factory. A desperate and unprecedented effort is under way to change a backward agriculutral country in a few short years into a highly industrialized country. The effort entails ruthless excision of everything that is soft and indulgent. For those intent upon the great industrial program, this is no time for the beauties and amenities cf life. The soviet government is engaged In a mammoth war. The enemy is in Us midst. It is a war against backwardness, against economic dependence on the outside world, against elements here which are determined to prevent a successful fruition- of the ' Communist experiment. For those who THE ALTOONA MIRROR—WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1929 SOARDIMO HOUSE Bv AHRRN VF tf LtiMBASO t I rUv/!S -T6 ' BE MOLlR FEEBLE ME U? Iri "tHE Arffic!** A FEVJ OLif OF PLACE. ^AMP A DISLOCATION T ALSO A VB.& -fEKiPOk\ THAt t AldV MO PICrrtJRg or vlEAirrW MVSEUF/UC*. I'M OK BREATH ""Adi 1 MW AfcCrfeS Uigur FLAT, STAUP 1"rT eX-TRA ' OF A UMEP MAT CAfcH ArlbLP OF V'SELF B&AC6P OHi 1>T STEPS ^^ tfe OL T rteAR-f MAV A FOSE FROM conduct this war, this Is no time for fiddling with beauty. That, they think, will come later when victory has been achieved. Now.nothing- counts but production and more production. In a hundred ways the worker is induced to produce more. Sunday—or any other universal day of leisure—is abolished, so that machinery may be kept running without interruption. Night shifts are put to work in factories and offices. Industrial discipline Is tightened all along .the line. Every luxury and a good many necessities are sacrificed You won't know your own eyes When you look in the mirror after applying Delica-Brow, you'll think you traded old eyes for new—they will be so much more beautiful. The lashes will look longer, the eyes will shine more, the brows more sophisticated. Waterproof, one application lasts all day. Try 'it 'today. Ask for Delica-Brow, brown or black, at any toilet counter. , for the sake of buying new machines ing all the nation's energies into one and building industries. - channel. There Is no margin left for With terrific energy and single " ' " " mlndedness the bolsheviks are dlrect- the decorative side of life. There is no sympathy for such words as enjoy- WIN! 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Meierhold, with the deep Instinct of the artist, has sensed the clanger Involved In the struggle—Involved, for that matter, In any prolonged struggle. He has come out for beauty and lots of It. His new command Is a sign that the flame of art will be kept alive even In the midst of the economic battle. uniforms on the road and at home. Layden's proposal would compel the home team to wear the lighter garb, no matter what the actual color. Everyone concerned, he thinks, would be benefltted by the plan—teams, spectators and officials. Some teams, he points out, already are equipped with two sets of jerseys and alternate In the use of them depending upon the color of those worn by their opponents. This system Is reported to he working with gratifying results. HU proposal would be an Improvement over the present method, however, wince It would standardize the practice. 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