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On Vakhtangov’s Work and Writings

Russian-Armenian director Yevgeny Bogrationovich Vakhtangov was born on February 13, 1883, in the Russian provincial city of Vladikavkaz (currently the capital of the Russian Republic of North Ossetia-Alania-the neighboring region of the ongoing RussianGeorgian and Chechen con‚icts). Like Konstantin Treplev from Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, nineteen-year-old Vakhtangov arranged his rst theatre outdoors; an open stage merged with the mountainous landscape of the Caucasus. Vakhtangov’s production of Chekhov’s short comedies “began before dark and ended by the time the sun set down” (Vakhtangova 1959: 334). It breathed in unison with the natural rhythms.