free theatrical fantsies based by Oleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Kharkiv State Academic Drama Theatre named T.Shevchenko Kharkiv/Ukraine
Brief presentation of the performance
As for the performance “One Day of Ivan Denisovich” I have had an old dream to make the play cruel in the system of psycho, in the system of the Arto theatre – theatre of cruelty, Crag’s theatre – theatre of marionettes and the theatre of Grotovskiy. But I can definitely say that I didn’t manage to achieve my aim. The performance turned out to be a performance. Though it may have its supporters it’s a performance as it is – actors play in it. I didn’t manage to turn our life into a trial where an actor would stay in real life in cages with dogs reincarnating into the animals. I think I’ll probably do it with other actors in some other place. I started to run Les’ Kurbas Theatre (“Berezil’”) only half a year ago so I am facing a task of establishing a contact (both psychic and human) with the actors. That’s why I did not succeed in “closing the trap” and the actors reached my territory only partially as I see it. The troop is wonderful but they have never worked in modern aesthetics, they are not masters of the high speed playing which is characteristic of the modern theatre. I’ll paraphrase it: they play slowly; slow tunes and they should play quickly.
That’s why there are few words in Turgenev and Soljenitsyn: I’ve taken the words away from the actors.
I am staging this first performance, as Artistic director of Kharkiv State Academic Drama theatre Les’ Kurbas “Berezil”. This performance is experimental, pedagogical, and provocative.
“One day of Ivan Denisovich” by Soljenicin never did stages in theatre. The actor has put in the extremely situation in my performance. The rehearsals have moved during 10 hours per day; the actors are living in the cages with dogs together. All of the women, man, children have a different cages.
The act takes place in the reserved space, where people are losing them liberty, freedom, volition, psychics. “One day of Ivan Denisovich” it’s one day of Sovetique prisoner. He gets up and falls asleep on the zone…
The actors a lot of move wash a stones bring water, firewood… The audience is finding oneself in the shock situation. The main goal of this performance is - to know – how many could man degrade himself? What are his limits of psychophysical resources?
Script adaptation: Andriy Zholdak
Direction and light design: Andriy Zholdak
Scenography: Tita Dimova, Andriy Zholdak
Costumes: Tita Dimova, Tatyana Medvid
Shukhov Ivan Denisovich Volodymyr Malyar, National artist Ukraine
Composer Leonid Tarabarinov, National artist Ukraine
Woman-death Agnessa Dzvonarchuk, National artist Ukraine
Commentator of the events Olga Krasylnokova, from National opera theatre Lysenko
Major of medical service Petro Rachynskiy, Honoured artist Ukraine
Superior hospital attendant Galyna Karan
Hospital attendant Iryna Kobzar, Tatiana Turka, Tetyana Grinik
Unknown prisoners of the experimental camp
Muzhiks - Roman Zhyrov, Eduard Bezrodniy, Dmytro Petrov, Oleksandr Kovshun, Juriy Evsjukov, Grygoriy Afanasiev, Andriy Borisenko, Grygoriy Shtarkman
Peasant women - Galyna Evsjukova, Olena Pristup, Oksana Stecenko, Larysa Lunina
Iryna Golobrodska, Kateryna Kachan, Olena Kachan, Svitlana Soloviyova, Oksana Shopina
Children Nathalya Golubnycha, Marsela Zabashta, Taras Kovshun
1 act - 40 min
2 act - 55 min