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Shukshin’s Stories
Directed by: Alvis Hermanis
Set designer: Alvis Hermanis (Latvia)
Set designer, Photos: Monica Pormale (Latvia)
Costume designer: Viktoria Sevryukova
Dramaturge: Roman Dolzhanskiy
Choreographer: Nikolay Androsov
Background music: Pavel Akimkin
Lighting designer: Evgeny Vinogradov
Stage managers: Kristina Koshkina, Evgenia Antoniuk
Cast: Evgeny Mironov, Chulpan Khamatova, Yulia Svezhakova, Yulia Peresild, Nataliya Nozdrina, Alexander Grishin, Pavel Akimkin, Alexander Novin, Dmitriy Zhuravlev
The ideal recipe of this performance by the Theatre of Nations, where elaborate theatrical pattern coexists with common stories of Russian province, was found by completing vivid and witty text by Vasily Shukshin with the star-stud cast and acute direction of Alvis Hermanis (Latvia). Rich characters of the stories are transformed into perfect actors’ representations on stage, where every character becomes recognizable to the public. Shukshin’s stories are full of nostalgia. And the actors do not intend to look like Soviet villagers of the 70s, but rather try to recollect and understand what makes their characters the way they are. Thus behind the humour and irony of the story, one can see the tragic touch of the ordinary human relations, like they are rarely depicted in drama.
Performance presented in Russian, with translation into Romanian and English.
Performance not recommended to audiences under the age of 16.

      © Kirill Iosipenko