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Mikhail Shishkin

The Most Important

Sketches and improvisations based on the novel "Venus’ Hair"

The Most Important
The Most Important
Author Mikhail Shishkin
Director Yevgeny Kamenkovich
Stage Design Vladimir Maximov
Costume Design Svetlana Kalinina
Lighting Design Vladislav Frolov
Movement Alexei Molostov
Stage Manager Yulia Rikhter
Musical Setting Oleg Lyubimov
Speech Coach Vera Kamyshnikova
Video Mikhail Buder

Refugees from Chechnya and prying tourists in Rome, Tristan and Isolde, Daphnis and Chloe, high school students and ancient Greeks, teacher Galpetra and the famous singer of romances Isabella… language exercises, parallels, symbols, allusions, and metaphors… Reality and dreams interpenetrate, the past speaks with the present, unsent letters pierce time, and people turn into the stories they tell.

Using the fragments of stories and slivers of fates from Mikhail Shishkin’s novel, which seems to crumble into pieces, Evgeny Kamenkovich creates his complicated, polyphonic and multilayered production, bringing the writer’s protagonists into a new, theatrical, dimension.

The most important conclusion after watching the Workshop’s new performance is that the Russian psychological theater, which is being diligently buried by the fans of contemporary and relevant art, is still alive, and here it is. It’s not just alive, it’s in the prime of its life, it’s triumphant, and it affects the public, just like it was meant to. And another important thing. With so much militant amateurism and the new directors’ lack of articulation and ignorance of theatrical laws, the virtuoso mastery of your profession and the ability to clearly say what you wanted to say seem simply remarkable. And by that I mean the Workshop’s actors and director Evgeny Kamenkovich.
Marina Zaionts, Itogi

June 28, July 10
Pyotr Fomenko’s Workshop Theatre Old Stage
3 h 50 m