“Woman went to the woods for mushrooms, and was met by a big-toothed bear.”
Russian folk saying
Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev (from the film “Chapaev”)
The show takes the form of a theatrical metamorphosis, a fantasia over 10 scenes that connected by one topic: we went out for mushrooms…and came back with mushrooms.
“To the Russian mind, mushroom hunting is associated with something good that unites family, friends, and even enemies. It’s both passion and tranquility all at once: something akin to a common prayer or dose of valerian of the highest order. Mushroom hunting has almost mystical, extraordinary meaning, of the same ilk as the search for the “Blue Bird.” Those who’ve read Maeterlinck’s “Blue Bird” or seen the show at MXAT remember how that ends.”
On the hunt:
Natalya Gorchakova / Alina Khodzhevanova, Vadim Dubrovin, Arkadiy Kirichenko, Maksim Maminov, Sergey Melkonyan, Oksana Mysina, Kristina Pivneva, Maria Smolnikova, Evgeny Startsev, Mikhail Umanets
Rehearsal choreographer/dance captain:
Andrey Zachesov, Sergey Aleksandrov
And also divers:
Dmitry Repin, Rustam Eyvazov
Anna Sinyakina / Olga Ermakova
The actors go hunting to the music of composers:
Josef Haydn, Miles Davis, Arkady Kirichenko, Jean Tatlin, Armik, and Dmitry Shostakovich
As well as under the siren song, noises, rustling leaves, footsteps of bunnies on wet grass and air bubbles from the deep sea of composer:
Costumers, electricians, prop artisans, and technicians:
Aleksey Mikhailevskiy, Maria Masalskaya, Valeriy Guryanov, Irina Bakulina, Olga Terleeva, Anton Morozov, Olga Ravvich, Natalya Urvacheva,
Svetlana Chelidze, Ivan Barakin, Ivan Eryshev, Sergey Nazarov, Andrey Chekin, Nikolay Markov
go hunting under the direction of technical director
Well, and of course the instigator of the hunt
As well as the assistant to the instigator of the hunt
Premiere 8, 9, and 10 October, 2015.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes.