it is ultimately the director who exerts creative
control over the staging of a play, in practice many
of the decisions about the appearance of the production
costumes, backdrops, stage mechanics, etc.
are left up to the stage designer. Stage design,
with its synthesis of light, color, movement, technology
and other visual and aural elements, attracted some
of the most dynamic and experimental artists in Russia
during the first years of the twentieth century. They
incorporated trends and innovations in painterly and
plastic mediums into set and costume design.