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Checkpoint Woodstock
Written and directed by: Marina Davydova
Stage design and costumes: Zinovy Margolin
Music: Vladimir Rannev
Dramaturg: Julia Lochte
Cast: Felix Knopp, Sonya Levin, Merlin Sandmeyer și/and Vladimir Rannev/Laurenz Wannenmacher (Live-Music); Victor Gonzales/Girish Kumar Rachappa, Luca Pawelka/Nicolás Vignolo
“Russia loves celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. To mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we are opening the Checkpoint Woodstock Museum here in Moscow, on the personal order of Vladimir Putin and dedicated to US President Donald Trump’s visit. We also extend a warm welcome to all foreign guests to see the most important cultural event in our capital city.” This is the greeting to visitors at the ceremonial opening of the Woodstock Museum in Moscow. The ceremony is stylistically reminiscent of the TV series ‘Santa Barbara’, the Oscars ceremony and the concert gala that takes place in the Kremlin every year on the ‘Day of the Police’. American farmers are greeted, waving little Russian flags and singing ‘Imagine’, there are women’s choirs from small Russian towns, who have rehearsed songs by Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, Moscow students reciting biographies of famous Beatniks off by heart, writing the formula for LSD on the board and talking of psychedelic effects. At a time when more and more right-wing movements are forming in both the East and West, ‘Checkpoint Woodstock’ is a requiem to the ‘68 era. The performance-installation tells the story of social utopias and lost illusions and is also an invitation to change your perspective: working with an international ensemble, Russian theatre practitioner, author and NET Festival Director Marina Davydova, set designer Zinovy Margolin and composer Vladimir Rannev look westwards from Moscow and take a fresh look back as well as ahead, into all of our futures.
Performance in German, Russian and English, with translation into Romanian and English.

Co-production with the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, in collaboration with the Gogol Centre in Moscow

World premiere in Thalia Theater / Gaußstraße on April 27th

      © Krafft Angerer