Meyerhold`s Seat or the Eye of the Beholder

Wsewolod Meyerhold, a student and later (as it often happens) artistic opponent of K.S. Stanislavsky, one of the theatre geniuses of the 20th century, a convinced fighter for the communist idea who was finally shot in the neck by Stalin`s people in the year 1940, was a big explorer not only of the rules of human movement and the affordances of a serious education for the actor but also of the perceptional relationship between what was going on on stage and its effect on the audience.

It is reported that, during rehearsals, he often turned his chair 180 degrees, then sat with his back towards the stage and instead of observing what was going on on stage, he closely examined the reactions of the few people who were sitting in the audience attending the rehearsal. He knew that what was going on on stage was not equal to what was going on in the eyes and minds of the beholders.

He is als responsible for staging Elvis Presley`s “Jailhouse Rock”, see here: