Honore de Balzac. Notes on Berdichev

2013, School of Dramatic Art
after "Three Sisters" by Chekhov
 
"Dear Anton Pavlovich! Come stay with us in Berdichev. The weather is delightful, and the people have a  solid sort of charm."
 
From Rebbe Shneerson's letter to A. Chekhov
 
This show is an invitation into the home of the Prozorovs. Mourning for their father has ended, and with youngest sister's name day, everyone can get together, eat watermelon, drink tea, look at old photographs, and remember... All of our folks will be there - all old acquaintances, just turned inside out - in their old house where everyone is happy, even while the fire rages in the city. 
 
The show is based on Chekhov's play - a sort of mosaic, made up of the subtexts and connections between "Three Sisters" and the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory's "visual theatre of artists". 
 
"The devil has guessed that I will be married here in Berdichev to my own brains and talent."
 
From Honoré de Balzac's letter to Prosper Mérrimée
 
"How would I explain to you what we wanted to do? Well, suppose you take your old, favorite glove and gut-wrench it inside out, then you look at it, and get mixed feelings: on the one hand you see some new, unfamiliar thing, a little strange and incomprehensible, and on the other hand, if you look close, you are happy to recognize your glove, and even find a penny that got stuck behind the linen. So this is why you had been thinking all winter, "What have I got there that makes the glove too tight?"
 
Well, now, if the "glove" is Anton Chekhov's play "Three Sisters", and, turned inside out, it becomes our performance "Honore de Balzac. Notes about Berdichev", then you understand what I wanted to say.”
 
Dmitry Krymov
Performed by:
Maria Smolnikova, Christina Pivneva, Veronika Timofeeva / Alina Khodzhevanova, Vadim Dubrovin, Mikhail Umanets, Maxim Maminov, Konstantin Mukhanov, Evgeny Startsev, Natalia Gorchakova, Arkady Kirichenko, Vadim Andreev / Irene Muskara, Kirill Fedorov, Olga Borovskaya.
 
Idea, composition and direction –
Dmitry Krymov
 
Stage design  –
Vera Martynova
 
Lighting design –
Ivan Vinogradov
 
Make up -
Tatyana Shmykova
 
Noise, squeaks, scraps of melodies and scratching –
Kuzma Bodrov
 
Choreography
Anatoly Voynov
 
Vocal coach
Armen Pogosyan
 
Special effects
Alexander Eliseenkov
 
Family photos and videos
Valentina Ostankovich and Ilya Shagalov
 
Migrating birds
Alexander Berezin
 
Solyony's third arm
Victor Platonov
 
Video
A. Shaposhnikov and F. Ivanov
 
Props
M. Masalskaya, E. Gorbachova, N. Urvacheva, T. Andreeva
 
Lights
O. Ravvich and A. Morozov
 
Sound
S. Alexandrov
 
Make-up
Y. Sharaeva
 
Costumes
I. Bakulina, O. Terleeva
 
Technicians
S. Nazarov and V. Gurianov
 
Stage Manager
Margarita Bondarenko
 
Technical Director
Alexander Nazarov
 
Created with the support from BP
 
 

Premiere - October, 9th 2013

Duration - 1h. 30 mins.

 

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