A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
ON DECEMBER 8Th, 9TH AND 10TH 2017
IN RUSSIAN WITH SURTITLES IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH
BY THE PYOTR FOMENKO WORKSHOP THEATRE
DIRECTED BY IVAN POPOVSKI
The legendary company of Master Pyotr Fomenko! These spectacular performers will visit Geneva for three exceptional performances of the show that won them the most prestigious theatre awards in Russia.
How dull Athens seems, with its austere laws and rules. How distant it appears, seen from the kingdom of Oberon, king of the fairies. Seeking refuge in the woods in the dead of night, couples are made and unmade through good intentions, misunderstandings, and calculated malice. The betrothed and the besotted alike, all endure moments of strife in this enchanted forest. The sprite Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck, strives to ensure that love emerges victorious.
Everything is a game here — a theatrical game, a game of love – sometimes artless, and sometimes complex. Sometimes the game is brutal, even dangerous, and it’s safer to watch from the sidelines, without interfering. Sometimes the game is child’s play, and you join in – willingly or not. But all the games that this production plays with the audience are reckless. In the chaos, the line between dream and reality is blurred. The lovers mix each other up, and end up in a lively tangle of youthful jealousy, fear, and love.
Ivan Popovski’s staging is like a magic show. There is magic all around: in the two sets of clumsy lovers, in Titania’s sudden passion for a donkey, in Oberon’s midnight spells, in the flights of Hermia and Helena, Lysander and Demetrius, and the way they nestle in the trunk of a young tree before parting ways. The lovers are fragile, mad, comical, and the play possesses a terribly Shakespearian irony, as Shakespeare himself was still a young man when he wrote it.
Midsummer night's dream, Piotr Fomenko Workshop
With Karen Badalov, Galina Tunina, Oleg Nirian, Ambartsum Kabanian, Serafima Ogareva, Irina Gorbatcheva, Andreï Kazakov, Alexander Mitchkov, Yuri Butorin, Kirill Pirogov, Stepan Piankov, Nikita Tunin, Rustem Yuskaev
Translation Osia Soroka
Adaptation of text Piotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre
Stage design P.O.P.
Technical director Konstantin Lebedev
Costumes Anguelina Atlaguitch
Lighting design Vladislav Frolov
Choreography Oleg Glouchkov