KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...

2011, School of Dramatic Art
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...
KATYA, SONYA, POLYA, GALYA, VERA, OLYA, TANYA...

A PRODUCTION OF The THEATRE "SCHOOL of DRAMATIC ART", DMITRY KRYMOV LABORATORY IN ASSOCIATION WITH “THE MEYERHOLD CENTRE”

ADAPTED FROM IVAN BUNIN
 
On the stage: seven men with the faces of silent film actors: cigars, coats and tails, nostalgic decadence, with the sounds of a waltz in the background… not to mention vivacious young ladies, standing motionless like crippled puppets in cardboard boxes. The heroes are like photographic prints from the beginning of the 20th century – a sort of  composite image of a Bunin character, gripped by an insane and pernicious passion for some woman, who inevitably becomes this feeling’s victim.
 
Director Dmitry Krymov turns to Bunin's collection of stories, “Dark Alleys,” or, more exactly, to the succession of memories they contain – tragic, dark, disgraceful, even cruel, but all the same – sickly-sweet. The soulful sadness of bygone love: the whole collection is infused with this feeling, written by Bunin at a ripe old age, far from his motherland. And as per the laws of poetry, the show is of course deeply penetrated by this feeling, but in counterpoint Dmitry Krymov proposes a mature new look at the canonical work, free of false sentimentality.
 
The new work of the Laboratory is a fantasia on Ivan Bunin’s love stories. These stories are stories about love, and about Bunin’s love in particular – incomprehensible, illogical, often forbidden, and always hopeless. Like the butterfly’s surprise, having flown into the flame of a candle. An attempt to understand and cope with what can’t be understood, and can’t be expressed with words.
 
All of Bunin’s stories in "Dark Alleys" end badly. There’s not a single happy ending. These stories are monstrous, either in their sobriety or, maybe, in their fictitiousness/fantasy – you have to decide for yourself. I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with him. But he shocks with his peculiar philosophical hopelessness. But the philosopher and the artist are people who understand the things from which everything begins, and with what everything will end. "Dark Alleys" is, in the same way, a reminiscence of a sticky situation which, nevertheless, is still sweet to remember.
 
Dmitry Krymov
 
The art of the theatre begins at that moment when we come to a new consciousness of the stuff that people are made of. Why so strict? Because it’s necessary to get rid of all dead weight, and this work demands a surgical intervention. Dead weight in this consciousness is deadly. It doesn’t give anything but a dry and flat feeling, even from such a multifaceted being as Bunin. It’s surprising, the way he explores the masculine and the feminine, and from such an unexpected point of view… It’s like an explosion!
 
Valery Garkalin
 
Performers:
Anna Sinyakina, Natalia Gorchakova, Maria Smolnikova, Varvara Nazarova, Valery Garkalin, Maxim Maminov, Mikhail Umanets, Sergey Melkonyan, Alexander Kabantsov (accordion), Arcady Kirichenko, Vadim Dubrovin
 
IDEA, COMPOSITION AND DIRECTION
Dmitry Krymov
 
Stage Design -
Maria Tregubova
 
Lighting Design -
Damir Ismagilov
 
Choreography -
Anatoliy Voinov
 
Make up -
Tatyana Shmykova
 
Video -
Alexander Shaposhnikov
 
Magic tricks  -
Raphael Tsytalashvily
 
The French language adviser -
Nicolay Hatckevitsh
 
Lighting-
Оlga Ravvich, Alexei Mikhalevskiy, Alexander Korotkov
 
Sound –
Denis Gilev
 
Props-
Maria Masalskaya, Maria Smirnova
 
Costumes –
Irina Bakulina, Victoria Solovieva
 
Make up artist –
Yana Sharaeva
 
Technicians:
Valery Gurianov, Sergey Nazarov, Anton Telkov, Ivan Eryshev, Ivan Barakin
 
Production manager -
Zakhar Dubin
 
Stage manager –
Margarita Mikhailovna Bondarenko
 
Premiere: February, 9th 2011
 
Duration: 1h. 40mins

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